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Workers Should Take Precautions in Summer Heat
Each year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to the heat and some even die. Oklahoma workers’ compensation attorney Murry Parrish says employers should include prevention steps in worksite training and plans.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a national campaign to boost awareness about this issue among employees and their employers.
Here are a few things to consider.
The most vulnerable workers at risk of heat illness are those conducting heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Workers who haven’t built up a tolerance to laboring in the heat may be at most risk.
Heat sicknesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and stroke. Heat stroke may lead to death and mandates immediate medical attention.
Heat illness can be prevented. Drink lots of water, take breaks and cut back your time in the heat.
If you are new to working outdoors in the heat, acclimate yourself by gradually increasing workloads and taking more frequent breaks.
Employers should include prevention steps in worksite training and plans. They also should plan for an emergency and have a strategy in place to act quickly if someone gets sick.
If they don’t, they could be responsible for the injury or even perishing of workers.
Please stay safe out there. In these extreme conditions, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
And if you have inquiries about whether an employer is liable for illness or injury from heat exposure, call Parrish Law Firm at (405) 232-1985. We are experienced personal injury and workers compensation lawyers and can explain your options and rights. You can also view our website at http://www.parrishlawokc.com.