As the summer temperatures start to rise, employees that work outside are at risk for a number of heat-related illnesses. From relatively harmless conditions like heat rash and heat cramps; to heat stroke, a potentially deadly condition; it is crucial for employers to educate their employees about the warning signs and precautions that can be taken when working in conditions of extreme heat.
A combination of high temperatures, high humidity, direct sun exposure, and inadequate intake of water can lead to heat illnesses, including the following conditions:
It is the responsibility of the employer to make sure that their workers are protected from heat stress. If at all possible, employers should avoid scheduling outdoor jobs during peak heat hours. Water should be provided so that workers are staying well-hydrated in the heat. Allow for rest periods so workers can get relief from the extreme heat and closely monitor any employee who appears to be at risk for heat stress. Having a plan in place for heat-induced illnesses can save an employee’s life. Have emergency contact information readily available and make sure workers and supervisors have quick, easy access to this information.
Employees should also be proactive about taking steps to avoid heat-related conditions. Light-colored, loose-fitting clothing is recommended for outdoor work. Always be aware of your fluid intake and be sure to avoid becoming dehydrated. Do not ignore any warning signs that you might be experiencing, especially if you think it could be heat stroke.
If you have been injured on the job due to a heat-related incident, Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Galfand Berger will work hard to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Call us at 1-800-222-8792 to schedule a free consultation or contact us online. Our offices are located in Philadelphia, Reading and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and we serve clients throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including in Allentown and Harrisburg.