Indiana labor agency warns of cold-weather hazards

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Labor is reminding employers that people who work outside or in poorly insulated structures are at increased risk of cold-stress injuries.

The department says the most common problems are frostbite, hypothermia and trench foot. Injuries related to cold temperatures can be avoided by ensuring employees are properly trained, stay dry, account for wind chill and wear appropriate protective equipment and clothing.

The Labor Department says those who work in certain types of indoor facilities also could be threatened by carbon monoxide overexposure. The agency says that can be avoided by installing effective ventilation systems, ensuring equipment and appliances are in good working order and training employees to recognize and report hazards, unsafe conditions or symptoms of carbon monoxide overexposure.

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