Heat-related Illnesses Threaten Lives on the Job
Temperatures hitting the century mark over the past week have kept vacationers close to the water or indoors in air-conditioned environments. For those who work outdoors year-round or in high-heat indoor environments, escaping the heat becomes a matter of life and death.
Heeding warnings by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can help keep workers safe from heat-related illnesses. Employers have a responsibility to provide safe-working environments, and our attorneys in Binghamton, NY, encourage employees to follow work guidelines to stay safe and cool.
Prevention of overexposure and extreme physical exertion combined with appropriate dress can go a long way towards staying safe and healthy on the job. OSHA recommends the following preventative measures employers should communicate to their employees to stay safe in the heat:
- High-heat and high physical exertion call for drinking 1 cup of water every 15 – 20 minutes to maintain proper hydration. Avoid drinking extreme amounts of water which can also be dangerous.
- Encouraging and allowing frequent breaks in shady or cooler areas.
- Eating snacks or meals throughout the day to replenish the body’s supply of electrolytes and carbohydrates.
- Embracing a culture of immediately reporting feelings or signs of discomfort or pain in any workers can prevent the more serious and life-threatening heat injuries.
Indoor environments where employees are exposed to furnaces, stoves, or other heat-producing equipment can be just as dangerous as sun and natural exposure outside. Careless disregard for the body’s warning signs can quickly turn into a life-threatening situation.
In the event someone does exhibit any signs of profuse sweating, seizures, dizziness, or headaches and vomiting, begin treating the victim with cold compresses, move to a shaded or cool area, and remove heavy clothing to help the body’s natural cooling defense. If someone exhibits confusion, seizures or a loss of consciousness, immediately call 911 to get help for a possible heat stroke.
Employers have the responsibility to keep their workers safe and to train everyone to recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses. Immediately report any discomfort experienced while working in high heat areas whether inside or outside.
The accident attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage all New Yorkers to be careful during the hot weather and to follow OSHA guidelines to prevent life-threatening heat-related injuries.
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As you work on recovering your health, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your injury. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.