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Do you know how to work safely in the rain?

Depending on your profession, you may find yourself working outdoors on a regular basis. While there's nothing wrong with this, you can't assume that the weather will always cooperate. For example, there will be times when the rain begins to fall.

Here are several tips to keep you safe when working in the rain:

  • Move slowly: Since wet conditions can cause slick surfaces, it's important to slow down and be patient.
  • Wear the right type of shoes: For example, your shoes should have deep tread to ensure that you maintain maximum traction at all times.
  • Wear rain gear: Even if this is uncomfortable, it's important to wear pants and a coat that will keep the water off your normal clothing.
  • Wear gloves: With tight gloves that keep the water out, you'll find it easier to maintain a strong grip, even in the wettest of conditions.
  • Make it easy for other people to see you: Heavy rain can reduce visibility, thus making it a challenge for others to see you. You can combat this by wearing bright colors.

With these tips guiding you, you'll find it much easier to work safely in the rain.

However, if you are part of an accident, make sure you immediately check yourself for injuries. If you come to realize that you've suffered an injury, seek immediate medical help. Also, let your employer know that you were hurt on the job.

In the event that you need to take time off from work, file a claim for workers' compensation benefits. This can help you get by financially until you recover.

Source: Safety and Health, "Working in the rain," accessed March 27, 2018

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