As temperatures continue to drop and the wind off the Atlantic stays strong, the numbing cold is liable to lead maritime workers to an accident.
If you work out at sea, here are a few ways you can stay safe during the winter.
Wear layers (and lots of them)
When it’s cold, you dress warm. Most people know that. But, out on the water, it’s most important that your clothes keep you dry.
One way to do this is to pile on the layers. By investing in fabrics designed to wick away moisture, you may also find that you still have enough flexibility to continue your work comfortably.
If power outages strand your team out in the cold, having hats, gloves and insulated boots will go a long way in keeping you safe from frostbite.
Take snack breaks
Being out in the cold can use up a lot of your energy. Taking a break for juice and snacks that are high in calories or carbohydrates can help you keep your blood sugar from dropping dangerously low. You’ll be a lot warmer if you have more energy to keep your blood pumping too!
Keep stations clean
Snow can easily cover hazards and cause slip and fall accidents. Because of the wild weather, be sure to keep your work area clear of tripping hazards and sharp objects that could cause an accident.
Check medical supply
Because there is limited access to emergency services and supplies on board, it’s a good idea to make sure you are familiar with the types of first aid supply and medications you have available as well as where they are located.
You should also check your own at-home medications to make sure that they don’t have the potential to make you drowsy or at high risk in cold climates.
Take note of your employer’s precautions
Your employer should not make decisions that put you or your crew in harm’s way. However, these situations do happen, especially in circumstances where a crew is not large enough to handle the weather conditions.
If the weather causes you to become ill or hurt, this may be due to a lack of proper training or an unsafe decision made by your employer. Talking to an attorney after you’ve been hurt can help you make sure that you receive the compensation for your injuries that you’re entitled to.