Author: Arthur Seely and Steve Andreas

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Understanding Hypothermia in the Outdoor Work Environment

Outdoor workers – including lineworkers and communications technicians – routinely work in hazardous environments. Most of these hazards are well-recognized and understood by the workers and their management, but that is not always the case with cold-weather injuries, such as hypothermia and frostbite. Until workers receive specific and relevant training from medical professionals with cold-weather experience, they may lack the basic understanding of just how suddenly cold weather can kill. Although there are numerous types of cold-weather injuries, this article will address the most common...

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