August 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- For Colorado workers in certain professions, the summer months pose unique risks to their health. When individuals are required to work outside during the summer in extremely warm temperatures, they run the risk of suffering from heat illness. If proper precautions are not taken, heat illnesses can be severe and cause serious complications for those employees.
Among the workers who must be particularly cautious during the summer are those who spend long hours in the sun, such as construction workers
, landscapers and farmers.
The risks associated with heat illness ought to be taken seriously, as heat illnesses lead to a significant number of fatalities in the United States each year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, 155 people died as a result of high temperatures in the U.S. last year.
What are some of the common types of heat illness?
Workers can develop heat illness in a variety of forms, with mild to severe symptoms. On one end of the spectrum, a worker may develop a heat rash or heat cramps if exposed to the elements for too long. These heat illnesses can easily be treated if identified before they progress to a more serious form of heat illness.
More severe forms of heat illness include heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke is one of the most dangerous forms of heat illness, as it can be fatal if not properly treated. Heat stroke occurs when an individual's internal temperature rises to dangerous levels, which can lead to organ and brain damage
How can you prevent heat illness on the job?
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration
recommends that employers provide training to workers to ensure they know how to avoid heat illness when on the job. Workers who are exposed to the elements ought to drink water on a regular basis, with OSHA suggesting employers provide a minimum of one pint of water for each worker every hour. In addition, workers should take regular breaks, either inside or in the shade.
It is also wise for workers to be aware of the symptoms of heat illness, in order to protect both themselves and their co-workers. Workers should be cautious if they begin experiencing headaches, weakness, dizziness, confusion, nausea or a variety of other symptoms that could lead to severe consequences.
If you have suffered from heat illness when on the job, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Seek the advice of a knowledgeable workers' compensation attorney to ensure your rights are protected.
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