Typically, when you hear the term “workplace hazards” the first things that come to mind are things like heavy machinery or working from unprotected heights. But as many Florida workers know, hazards can come in all forms, especially when you work outside in our state’s always changing weather landscape.The Department of Labor recently shared some helpful tips on how to avoid accidents caused by bad weather. Seeing as we are in the middle of summer, most Floridians know that a short afternoon shower is all but guaranteed on a daily basis. For most of us, this is a simple inconvenience while we are out and about. But for a large portion of Florida businesses, these storms can heavily impact their bottom line. To avoid continued delays and work stoppages, employers tend to encourage their employees to return working as soon as the storm appears to move away.
Unfortunately, this encouragement can lead to an increase in injuries on the job. As the Department of Labor story points out, a Florida roofer suffered a tragic and fatal accident from a lightning strike because they were working on the job site in between storms. Florida workers should follow the tips laid out in the Department of Labor story to avoid these types of accidents, such as waiting just 30 minutes after the storm passes before returning to the active job site.
However, even with these tips workers are still in danger of being injured due to being rushed back to work as soon as the storm appears to be passing. Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be an overwhelming and daunting task. Let the experienced attorneys at Lancaster & Eure help you through this difficult time. Each attorney gives every client unique and personal attention. Call us for a free consultation (941) 365-7575, or, feel free to contact us online.