Preventing workplace injuries and illness caused by summer heat

When summer strikes in California, many people elect to stay inside and are thankful for the air conditioning in their homes and office buildings. However, not everyone works indoors, and numerous workers are outside during the scorching hot hours of the day. Not only can this be unpleasant, but it can also present serious risks of workplace injuries and illness to those having to endure the heat.

During these hot months, employers should take steps to protect their workers from heat-related dangers as best as possible. Some prevention methods include providing water, shade and frequent rest breaks. Workers should also receive training on how heat can pose hazards to workers, how to prevent illness and injury, and how to recognize signs of heat-related distress.

Some people may think that heat-related illnesses are easy to recover from, but that is not always the case. Workers could experience muscle spasms, dizziness, nausea or fainting. In some cases, hospitalization may be necessary in order for affected workers to recover from their illness or injury as well as possible.

Though no one wants to suffer a workplace injuries or illness, the summer heat makes the possibility even greater. If California workers do experience harm on the job due to the heat, they may need time off to recover and could face substantial medical bills as a result of needed medical care. Fortunately, workers’ compensation may be able to help parties who have been negatively affected by working in high temperatures. If these individuals have questions or concerns about obtaining these benefits, they may wish to speak with attorneys experienced in this area of law.

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