Occupational Heat Stress
Our bodies can only handle a certain amount of heat and cold. However, for some people, a job or a worksite that surpasses 100 degrees Fahrenheit may be a regular occurrence. As temperatures rise, it can put some workers at risk for heat stress, including heat stroke. Heat stress can lead to injuries and illness while on the job.
Employers should work to protect their employees from heat stress by scheduling hot work during colder times, providing cold liquids to their employees, and more. However, if you have suffered from heat stress illnesses or injuries while at work, you may be eligible for benefits. Contact a knowledgeable Raleigh workplace injuries attorney from Scudder Seguin, PLLC, today at (919) 851-3311.
Types of Heat-Related Health Problems
Heat stress occurs when the body reacts negatively to extremely hot temperatures. There are a variety of different ways that your body can react to the heat, such as:
- Heat rash
- Heat cramps
- Heat syncope (fainting)
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat stroke
While heat rash can disappear once you cool off, heat stroke can cause death or permanent damage if you do not receive emergency medical care.
Occupations at Risk for Heat Stress
Many occupations can put workers at risk for heat stress, including:
- Bakers / Chefs
- Road construction workers
- Building construction workers
- Factory workers
If you work in hot temperatures, it is important to stay hydrated and take breaks so that you can stay healthy despite the heat.
Heat stress can have long-lasting repercussions on your life. If you are a victim of heat stress due to unsafe working conditions, please contact a Raleigh workplace injury lawyer from Scudder Seguin, PLLC, at (919) 851-3311 today.