Personal Injury Lawyers know that throughout the summer months, heat waves can be difficult for everyone. However, outdoor workers who have to endure the heat and humidity often face serious injuries because of this. Work related injuries due to heat can include dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. In some tragic cases, workers have died while working in extremely high temperatures.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a notice advising employers and their workers to take considerations when working outdoors to avoid injuries. Still, there are no specific regulations for working in heat which makes it more difficult for the organization to keep track of how many incidents occur during any specified time period. OSHA is only notified of a heat related work injury and may issue a citation if someone dies or in cases where two or more people are hospitalized.
In extreme heat, it can be dangerous to work outdoors for extended periods of times. The OSHA, along with experienced outdoor workers, have offered some advice for those who are trying to beat the heat and get their work accomplished at the same time.
The most important thing to remember is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. OSHA recommends outdoor workers try to drink at least four cups of water per hour. They also suggest taking frequent breaks in cool areas. More experienced workers say that workers who are new to the job should ease into full work schedules for more strenuous jobs to help prevent illness or heat related work injury due to overexertion or strain. Additionally, workers battling other illnesses should take extra precautions to ensure they are not overworked and do not exacerbate preexisting conditions.
The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at Messa & Associates are experienced at handling cases involving work related injuries. Our extremely skilled team of personal injury lawyers and medical experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive proper compensation for your personal injuries. If you have been injured while at work or have endured any other type of personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers of Messa & Associates for a free consultation. Call toll free at 1-877-MessaLaw, or submit a free online inquiry.
Joseph L. Messa, Jr. is the founding partner of Messa & Associates, P.C. He is an AV-rated attorney (highest rating available), listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Read More