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Preventing heat stroke from occurring at a work site

Published on Jul 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm in Firm News, workers' compensation.

During the summer, Pennsylvania workers may be at risk for suffering heat stroke when the temperatures begin to rise. Because heat stroke can be dangerous, employers should be aware of the signs and symptoms of the condition.

Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency as it can be fatal if it’s not treated. Those who are experiencing heat stroke could develop temperatures as high as 108 degrees Fahrenheit. They may become confused and disorientated. In some cases, they can lose the ability to create sweat, meaning they won’t be able to cool themselves down. This may also make their skin appear red and feel hot and dry to the touch.

There are a few ways that employers can help keep workers safe when the Heat Index is high. For example, supervisors should be able to identify potential signs of heat stroke. A supervisor should also be given the responsibility of monitoring the temperatures and humidity. If the heat level is particularly high, precautions may need to be taken. Furthermore, there should be an accessible place for workers to cool down and drink beverages, such as water and those with electrolytes. If a worker does exhibit the symptoms of heat stroke, supervisors should seek medical attention immediately.

If an employer fails to provide precaution measures when the Heat Index rises, workers who suffer injuries or illnesses as a result may be eligible to seek workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits could potentially cover a worker’s medical costs and a portion of their wages. An attorney could help a worker through the filing process.

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