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Cold weather conditions may increase risk of workplace accidents

Many individuals who work outside often have their work hampered by weather conditions. As the winter season rolls in, many construction workers may find themselves battling cold temperatures and potential ice issues. These conditions could increase the risk of workplace accidents, and as a result, workers could be injured.

Georgia residents may be interested in a recent workplace accident that took place out-of-state. Reports indicated that a 29-year-old man was working on the roof of a construction site, and the weather had apparently caused the roof to become icy. As a result of the ice, the man slipped and fell on the roof. His leg was injured in the fall, and he was not able to get down from the roof. 

Emergency crews came to the scene in order to rescue the worker. Firemen utilized a special tool involving a stretcher on cables that allowed them to lower the injured man to the ground. Reports stated that it took approximately an hour to get the man down from the roof. He was then transported by ambulance to an area hospital. 

As the weather changes, it is important that workers and supervisors make efforts to reduce the risk of potential accidents. However, as this case shows, injury-causing workplace accidents may still occur. If Georgia workers have been injured in similar events, they may find themselves in need of financial assistance as they work to recover. Luckily, workers' compensation benefits may be able to help in such cases for individuals who qualify.

Source: recordonline.com, "Rescuers pull injured worker off icy roof", Richard J. Bayne, Dec. 8, 2016

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