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It’s summertime and living is easy – except for the hard-working men and women who toil in the elements. So how do you do your job and stay safe – avoiding a workers’ compensation claim?
Heat-related work injuries can be prevented in the summer months.
We all know some basic ways to stay safe and avoid heat-related injuries on the job (and avoiding workers’ compensation claims!). Staying hydrated, taking breaks and seeking out air conditioning to cool off are all good ideas.
But is there more that can be done to stay safe this summer and avoid a workers’ compensation claim? YES!
One of the easiest things you can do is to always keep track of the temperature and humidity levels – and adjust your work accordingly. Planning is key.
You’ll also need to build up your tolerance to working in and withstanding heat and humidity. The first few scorchers of the summer are likely to be more dangerous.
Talk to your boss or management about training and methods to prevent workplace injuries in the hot summer months.
Also, be sure you know the different heat related illnesses and their symptoms. They are:
- Rash: This rash is caused by sweat not evaporating. It’s a common issue in hot working environments
- Cramping and nausea: If the salt levels in your body are too low, you could have cramps and nausea. Salt is depleted when you sweat, so you’ll need an electrolyte drink.
- Heat exhaustion: This is a more serious heat-related ailment. It is caused by too much sweating and not enough fluid/electrolyte replenishment. You will have dizziness, nausea, headache, weakness and thirst.
- Heat stroke: This is a serious condition during which your body cannot regulate its core temperature. Symptoms include the body no longer sweating, confusion and losing consciousness. You an also have a seizure. Seek immediate medical attention.
It is possible to stay safe and healthy in the summer heat, if you take precautions and always prepare for the weather!
Connor Kimmet and Hafenstein LLP
We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer. If you have questions, contact us today. We can get you the help you deserve.