How to Prevent Work-Related Heat Illness this Summer
Extreme heat is responsible for more weather-related deaths in the United States than any other environmental conditions, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Since 2011, the organization has made spreading awareness of heat safety a priority, and encourages employers, as well as workers, to take simple precautions to avoid heat illnesses such as cramps, heat rash, excessive sweating, and heat stroke.
Heat illnesses are often caused when a person becomes dehydrated or overheated, typically due to environmental factors or overexertion, which then interferes with the human body’s ability to regulate its core temperature and cool down.
Outdoor workers are particularly at risk during the summer, but even workers that are indoors are susceptible to the dangers of exposure to extreme heat.
Employers are responsible, not only for ensuring that workers have a healthy and safe work environment, but also for providing training to help prevent on-the-job accidents or injuries from happening in the first place.
The best method for preventing heat illness is simply taking frequent breaks, drinking plenty of water, and spending as much time as possible in the shade.
If you have suffered a heat-related illness, it is important to understand that, under the Worker’s Compensation Act of Colorado, you are entitled to certain benefits that will help compensate for lost time at work and other financial expenses that may arise due to the illness.
If you or a loved one were injured while on the job as the result of employer negligence or the reckless actions of another worker, you may be eligible for monetary reimbursement for your losses in addition to worker’s compensation. Please contact the experienced Colorado Springs injury lawyer Timothy Bussey to discuss your circumstances and legal options in a free consultation.