Winter is here. The season of ice and snow can be hazardous for many workers in some industries.The risks are even tenfold for employees who have to work and drive outdoors. With the right information and education, both employers and employees can prevent unforeseen accidents. Safety protocols, responsibilities, and expectations can prepare outdoors workers for all eventualities.

For employees whose work will require them to drive to and from work every day, it’s important to be extra careful about how you drive and most importantly your car should be consistently inspected before use to make sure they’re in good working condition.

Slips, trips, and falls are bound to happen all year-round in many workplaces but winter ice and snow create a more hazardous environment that increases the risk of worker injuries. Injuries at work tend to happen when safety measures are either not put in place, or when they are not observed or enforced. To prevent slips whilst working, safety gear and clothing must be worn without fail at all times.

If your employees are likely to walk on snow- and ice-covered surfaces, they should wear boots with good rubber treads to provide traction. Walking slowly and taking smaller steps also help to prevent slips and falls. A proactive safety plan that specifically addresses all hazards at work minimizes potential accidents and injuries. If you have been involved in an accident at work, can provide immediate legal representation and rehabilitation support.

You can claim compensation for a work accident injury whether you were working as a full time or part-time employee, a temporary worker, a self-employed contractor or if you were just visiting a business at the time of the accident.

The infographic below, designed by Slater and Gordon is a safety guide to help you prepare for winter.