When you think summer, you may think lazy days on the beach, cookouts and maybe even some vacation fun with your family. However, for many Americans, the scorching, dangerous summer heat can spell the possibility of illness and even death for workers exposed to the elements. So, what should workers know before risking their health in the sweltering heat?
Facts About Working in the Dangerous Summer Heat
- Sweating is a Life Saver: Though we often do our best to avoid sweating, it is a natural function that cools the body as long as humidity is low enough to evaporate the sweat and the person remains properly hydrated.
- Sick and Tired: The dangerous, summer heat can cause a multitude of ailments, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Heat stroke and exhaustion are the most serious of these conditions, requiring immediate rehydration, cooldown and medical attention.
- Conditional Dangers: Of course, it makes sense that long exposure to the hot sun while in full uniform could increase dangers of heat-related illness, but there are other factors that you should consider. Increased humidity, little to no air movement, strenuous work and equipment that radiates heat (ovens, steamers, etc.) can all lead to dangerously hot conditions.
What can workers facing dangerous, summer heat do to remain safe? Adding air conditioning or ventilation can go a long way in lowering the temperatures of a workplace to safe levels. Also, remaining hydrated and taking regularly scheduled breaks can help prevent life-threatening, heat-related illnesses.
If you feel like your safety is not being made a priority by your employer, contact the Department of Labor immediately to file a complaint. If you have been injured, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers today at (407) 841-7699 to receive the compensation you deserve. For additional resources, keep checking our blog, LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for more helpful hints and to always be informed about best practices in law.