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On Wednesday, we will celebrate heatstroke prevention day. While this day traditionally highlights the importance of child safety in hot cars, it is equally important to remember all of the heat dangers that can be present in the workplace this season. According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated six million workers are exposed to occupational heat stress, resulting in tens of thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths each year. In order to promote safety in the workplace and a safe summer, we want to share our top heatstroke prevention tips for workers.
Heatstroke is one of the most serious heat-related sicknesses, as it can happen rapidly and unexpectedly. It occurs when the body is unable to regulate its temperature, notably remaining unable to cool down. Heatstroke can cause a number of health problems, including permanent disability or even death if not treated immediately.
Knowing the signs and symptoms of heatstroke and catching it before it overcomes you or a coworker could be lifesaving. Some of the most common symptoms include:
In addition to knowing the symptoms of heatstroke, it is also extremely important to know what to do when you or someone you work with is experiencing a heat-related illness. The steps you should take when experiencing or witnessing heatstroke include:
Heatstroke is a serious medical emergency with serious consequences. Exposure to extreme heat or hot conditions can be one of the most dangerous hazards for an employee to face. While we can’t control the weather, policies and workplace environments can be controlled. OSHA requires employers to provide safe work conditions for their employees.
Unfortunately, especially in Texas, many workplaces can present extreme heat exposure with little to no safety measures in place to prevent heat-related illnesses. If you or someone you know has suffered a heat-related illness while on the job, we can help. Contact the workplace injury attorneys at Adame Garza LLP for a free case evaluation and breakdown of your legal options.