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Tips for Staying Safe While Working in the Summer Heat

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 22-May-2015

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.

  1. Stay hydrated.
    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Take frequent breaks.
    The summer heat can be draining, so workers should take frequent breaks to avoid overexerting themselves.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 summer work.

  8. Stay alert.
    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.

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