People around the country are likely rejoicing in the beginning of summer. While many people are planning their summer vacations, others who work outside face added risks as they complete their job responsibilities. Representatives from the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are urging employers in Los Angeles and surrounding areas to take proper precautions to protect employees from exposure to heat. Those who become ill as a result of heat exposure may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers in California are likely all too aware of the heat that gripped parts of the state in early June. Meteorologists predicted temperatures reaching as high as 114 degrees in some areas. As a result, state regulators reminded employers of the importance of taking proper precautions to protect employees.
These recommendations involve access to both water and shade. According to recommendations, workers should be supplied with 1 quart of water per hour. This measures out to four 8-ounce glasses. Additionally, workers should have access to shade and be encouraged to spend at least 5 minutes per hour in the shade. CAL/OSHA representatives have announced their intention to inspect outdoor work areas to ensure that workers are properly protected from the heat.
Unfortunately, the effects of heat exposure can be devastating. Many workers are left with significant medical bills while unable to work. In some cases, heat exposure can also be fatal. Those who are attempting to cope with the financial consequences of an illness or injury suffered due to work conditions may be entitled to workers’ compensation insurance benefits. An experienced attorney can help those in California better understand their rights and pursue adequate compensation.
Source: mynewsla.com, “Work outside? Beware of triple-digit temps ahead“, Debbie L. Sklar, June 1, 2016