Winter can be a very beautiful time of year, but it can also be very dangerous due to wet and slippery surfaces, cold temperatures, and more hours of darkness. Snow and ice-related falls in parking lots, steps, and brick walkways account for a fair percentage of work-related injuries. To avoid becoming a statistic, here are some tips that will help our community have a safe, happy, and healthy winter:
Wear proper footwear – boots or shoes that are well insulated, waterproof, with wide, low heels and a thick, non-slip tread on the sole.
Take small steps to keep your center of balance under you.
Walk slowly and never run on icy or wet surfaces.
Keep both hands free for balance if possible. Use shoulder straps for brief cases and tote bags.
Watch where you’re going, and be aware of traffic when walking to your car or building.
Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them.
Step, don’t jump, from your vehicle.
Walk in designated walkways as much as possible – taking shortcuts over snow piles and areas where snow and ice removal is not feasible can be hazardous.
Plan ahead – give yourself sufficient time to get to work or class.
Use floor mats when entering a building. In addition to keeping the floors clean, they remove moisture from your shoes that can cause you to slip.
Use handrails where available.
If you are injured on campus, it is important to contact the Public Safety Department (215-572-2800) immediately, and the Office of Human Resources (email@example.com) as soon as practical but within 24 hours after the injury. The Public Safety Officer will take the necessary information to file an accident report. When employees are injured on campus during normal working hours and need to seek medical treatment for a non-life threatening injury, it is important to see a health care provider that is listed on the worker’s compensation approved panel. This list is located on the Human Resources website on MyArcadia under the Benefits section.
If your injury occurs outside of the normal Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. working hours and you need to seek medical treatment immediately, go to the nearest Urgent Care or Emergency Room and contact Human Resources the very next day. Your follow-up care and referrals to see specialists must be provided by a Workers’ Comp paneled physician.
All employees are responsible for reporting their injury to Human Resources within 24 hours so that a worker’s compensation claim can be filed in a timely manner with the insurance company. Employees must report the injury to Human Resources regardless of whether or not they need to seek medical treatment.