As May begins to come to a close, it means summer is rapidly approaching.
Temperatures are already beginning to rise in southern parts of the country
and will soon reach points that can be dangerous for outdoor workers.
Working long hours in the summer heat is not only uncomfortable; it can
lead to injury as well if workers are not properly prepared.
Summer Safety Tips for Working Outdoors
Below are some helpful tips for staying safe and avoiding injury caused
by extreme heat.
Keeping yourself hydrated is vital to avoiding injury such as heat stroke
or heat exhaustion. Make sure that you always have easy access to water
and that you are drinking plenty of fluids. You should also avoid beverages
that cause dehydration, such as heavily caffeinated drinks.
Wear appropriate clothing.
Some jobs require that you wear certain clothing for safety purposes,
but where possible, make sure to wear lightweight clothes that will allow
your body heat to escape.
Provide workers with ventilated areas.
Every workplace should provide as much ventilation as possible and have
cooling areas where workers can get a break from the summer heat.
Take frequent breaks.
The summer heat can be draining, so workers should take frequent breaks
to avoid overexerting themselves.
Listen to your body.
Heat stroke can be fatal, so it is important to take action before it
becomes severe. At the first sign that the heat is affecting you (excessive
sweating, flushed face, hot or dry skin, etc.), stop working immediately
and seek medical attention.
Train workers how to identify signs of heat stroke.
Employers should provide training for all workers about the signs and
effects of heat stroke. Workers should be consistently monitoring each
other and looking for anything that might suggest a co-worker is suffering
from a heat-related injury.
Check with your doctor.
Some medical conditions and medications put people at an increased risk
of suffering heat stroke. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are able
to handle the effects of heat exposure before you begin doing outdoor
Heat exhaustion can lead to a lack of focus that makes preventable injuries
more common. Make sure to stay focused on the task at hand and follow
all normal safety protocols.
If you have suffered from heat stroke, heat exhaustion, or any other heat-related
injury while working,
contact the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin to learn about your legal rights.