When severe winter weather strikes in New York, employees in some outdoor jobs are exposed to serious workplace hazards. Reports of injured workers typically involve slip-and-fall accidents, dehydration and hypothermia. Technicians who work on power lines and meter readers are some of the most at-risk employees. Although power companies do major construction and maintenance during the months of spring or fall, emergencies in winter must be addressed. Despite the protective gear the linemen wear, they risk their lives when they are overwhelmed by the cold and lose focus on the dangers of electricity.
Another group of workers who risk their lives in harsh wind and brutal cold is airport ramp agents. They have to cope with snow and ice while they lift heavy bags, de-ice planes and deal with dangerous, slippery ramps. The danger is even more severe when blizzards and whiteouts occur. The listed physical demands of this occupation include climbing stairs, stooping, standing, reaching, pushing and lifting heavy objects. When done in extreme weather conditions, these actions can be very hazardous.