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What are the risks associated with extreme heat?

From falling objects to wet floors, a plethora of hazards claim lives and cause serious injuries for workers across all sorts of occupations. During the month of July, some workers, especially those who work outdoors, may suffer as a result of exposure to extreme heat at work. If you work in an occupation that requires you to be exposed to high temperatures, you should understand the risks you face.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are a number of heat-related conditions that workers may suffer from. For example, a worker may become dizzy, causing him or her to be injured in a mishap. Or, workers may suffer a heat rash or heat stroke. Workers may also be burnt due to prolonged exposure to extreme heat. Furthermore, it is vital to remember that even some people who work indoors can sustain injuries due to hot temperatures, such as those who work in a kitchen and firefighters.

Sometimes, heat-related problems can be avoided through training and taking precautionary measures when temperatures become dangerously hot. For example, outdoor workers may want to consider limiting the amount of time they spend in the sun when it is excessively hot and anyone who appears to suffering from heat exposure should be treated at once.

If you have become injured at work due to serious heat, or any other factor, you may want to think about looking into workers’ compensation. Following an occupational injury or illness, utilizing helpful resources, such as workers’ comp, is pivotal.

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