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Outdoor workers and the importance of heat safety

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2023 | Workplace Safety |

When it gets hot in Pennsylvania, those who work outdoors need to be extra cautious about what they do, what they eat and drink and what they wear, among other things. That way, they can avoid suffering a heat-related illness like heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Basic tips for outdoor workers

Drinking water is one of the most obvious steps that workers can take to prevent illness. Sixteen ounces before one begins work and 5 to 7 ounces every 15 or 20 minutes is the recommended amount. As for food, workers should opt for fruits high in fiber and avoid any high-protein foods. They should drink natural juices and steer clear of dehydrating liquids like tea, coffee and other caffeinated beverages.

Workers should never rush a job but rather take frequent breaks, which should be in a place that’s shaded or air-conditioned. Workers can also put on sunscreen. Their clothing should be lightweight and light in color so that it will not absorb so much heat.

Heatstroke and heat exhaustion symptoms

Heat exhaustion, caused by the loss of water and salt, will lead to excessive sweating, fatigue and even cramps in the abdomen, arms and legs. Heatstroke, where the body can no longer regulate its temperature, can reveal itself in a lack of sweating together with chills and mental confusion.

A lawyer to assist with your claim

Under the state’s workers’ compensation system, you can be eligible for benefits if you suffered an occupational injury or illness. This is regardless of who, if anyone, was at fault. Of course, you have to be quick in reporting your condition because the employer can use any breaking of the rules as an excuse to deny payment. At the same time, you should consult with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to help with giving your employer notice of the claim and, if necessary, an appeal of the denial of the claim.