According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), in 2014, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. Sadly, these heat illnesses and deaths are preventable.
Employers are obligated to protect workers from excessive heat, providing things like water, rest and shade for workers. Also, new or returning workers should be allowed to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they build a tolerance for working in the heat. Employers must also plan for emergencies and train workers on prevention, as well as monitor workers for signs of illness.
Any worker exposed to hot and humid conditions is at risk, particularly workers doing heavy tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Industries most affected by heat include construction; trade, transportation and utilities; agriculture; building; grounds maintenance; and landscaping services.
If you or a loved one was hurt or even died on the job, you need an experienced workers’ compensation and workplace injury attorney to review your case. For more than 20 years, our team at Dixon Law Office has helped hundreds of workplace injury victims get the compensation they deserve to cover medical bills, long-term care, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other related expenses. Contact us at toll-free at 888-354-9880, or click here for a free consultation.