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Protecting Yourself On The Job This Winter

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By Amanda Dobies, Esq.

Winter can be a beautiful season, but it also brings unique challenges, especially when it comes to workplace safety. Slippery sidewalks, icy roads, and freezing temperatures can create hazardous conditions for employees. As a personal injury attorney, I care about your safety and I am here to provide you with essential safety tips and tricks to help you stay safe on the job during the winter months.

1. Dress for success

One of the most critical aspects of staying safe in winter conditions is dressing appropriately. Ensure you have the right gear to protect yourself from the cold, wind, and moisture. Here are some tips on how to dress for success:

  • Layer up! Multiple layers trap warm air and provide better insulation. Start with a moisture-wicking base layer, add an insulating layer, and finish with a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
  • Wear thermal socks and insulated, waterproof boots to keep your feet warm and dry.
  • Don’t forget to wear a warm hat, gloves, and a scarf to protect your extremities from frostbite.
  • Choose high-visibility clothing if you work outdoors to increase your visibility during the shorter daylight hours.

2. Be mindful of slippery surfaces

Slip and fall accidents are a common occurrence during winter. To reduce the risk of slipping and injuring yourself, consider the following precautions:

  • Walk cautiously; take smaller steps and walk with your feet pointing slightly outward to improve stability.
  • Invest in slip-resistant footwear with good traction.
  • Use salt or sand to de-ice walkways and parking lots.
  • Report icy or hazardous areas to your employer so they can be addressed promptly.

3. Safe vehicle operation

If your job involves driving, you must pay extra attention to road conditions. Here’s what you can do to ensure safe vehicle operation during the winter:

  • Check your vehicle’s tires, brakes, and lights regularly to ensure they are in good working condition.
  • Equip your vehicle with snow tires or chains, if necessary.
  • Allow for extra travel time and slow down when driving in snowy or icy conditions.
  • Keep a winter emergency kit in your vehicle, including items like a blanket, flashlight, non-perishable snacks, and a first-aid kit.

4. Stay informed and communicate

  • Stay informed about weather forecasts and communicate with your employer, especially during severe weather events. Here’s what you should do:
  • Keep an eye on weather updates and adjust your work plans accordingly.

Make sure your employer has your contact information and vice versa to stay in touch.

Staying safe on the job during the winter requires preparation, awareness, and smart decision-making. By dressing appropriately, being mindful of slippery surfaces, ensuring safe vehicle operation, and staying informed, you can significantly reduce your risk of injury in the workplace during the winter season.

Remember, if you ever find yourself injured on the job due to negligence or unsafe conditions, don’t hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney at Kimmel Carter. Your safety is our priority, and we are here to help you protect your rights and well-being. Call us at 302-565-6100 for a free legal consultation. Stay safe and warm this winter season!


Amanda Dobies is an associate attorney in the Newark office of Kimmel, Carter, Roman, Peltz & O’Neill, P.A. Mrs. Dobies brings 6 years of personal injury experience to the firm focusing her practice on motor vehicle accidents and work-related accidents. Amanda is a lifelong Delawarean, obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware and law degree from Delaware Law School, where she graduated Cum Laude.

Amanda is committed to representing individuals and families whose lives have been changed as the result of an injury. Amanda previously worked as staff counsel for one of The Country’s top insurance companies, representing insureds through the litigation process. This insider’s perspective gives Amanda an upper hand when representing clients.


“Amanda handled my case, and she was a joy to work with. Her communication was always prompt and professional. She worked hard to make sure that I was compensated fairly. So glad I decided to work with this firm and I would highly recommend to anyone who needs representation.” ~S.J.

“A little over a year ago I sustained an injury at a local business and it became clear the business had little interest in reimbursing me for the medical bills, physical therapy and missed work time when I tried to negotiate on my own. Then I was referred to Amanda Dobies at the firm. Ms. Dobies was a perfect balance of knowledge, compassion and access to resources. During every interaction she was extremely professional and presented facts and the law in easily understandable terms. With Ms. Dobies assistance, I obtained a resolution and reimbursement of my costs. It is without hesitation that I would highly recommend her for legal needs within her area of expertise.” ~T.B.


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