Rising Temps Increasing Risks of Heat-Related Work Accidents in Charlotte and Elsewhere

The temperatures are rising and with the heat come some serious risks for heat-related work accidents in Charlotte and elsewhere. To help to reduce the risks of these accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is launching a national outreach initiative to help to educate both employees and employers about the risks, dangers and the hazards of working outdoors in the hot weather. This year’s outreach effort is building on the 2011 campaign that was used to raise awareness about the risks for heat-related injuries during the summer work season.
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“If employers take reasonable precautions, and look out for their workers, we can beat the heat,” said Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor.

Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys understand that thousands of employees across the U.S. suffer from on-the-job heat-related injuries and illnesses every year. If these injuries are not addressed quickly, then heat exhaustion can turn to heat stroke. Heat stroke, on average, kills nearly 30 workers every year. It’s those who work labor-intensive jobs who are at the highest risks for these kinds of accidents. When these jobs are executed in hot weather, body temps can rise quickly. When these temps rise too quickly, even sweating won’t help to cool the body.

Heat illness oftentimes starts as heat rash or even heat cramps, but can quickly turn to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke if not addressed quickly. For this reason, it’s important for both employees and employers to take the proper safety steps when working in hot weather. Everyone on the job should be able to recognize the symptoms of heat injuries before they get out of control. Baggage handlers, roadside workers, construction workers, landscapers, utility workers, roofers, agriculture workers and more are extremely susceptible to these kinds of injuries.

Tips to Help Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses and Injuries on the Job:

-Remember these three words: Water. Rest. Shade.

-Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water during the day.

-Make sure that all employees are properly trained and there’s a procedure in place to deal with these accidents.

-Schedule heavy work in the morning when it’s not as hot outside.

-Allow new workers to get acclimated to the heat. Start them off with short shifts in the sun and gradually build up their tolerance.

These types of injuries can be prevented with a little bit of knowledge and training. Make sure that everyone on the work site is properly trained on how to recognize and treat these kinds of injuries. Quick recognition and response can save lives!

If you, a friend or someone you love has been hurt in a work-related accident in Charlotte, Rock Hill or elsewhere in North Carolina, contact the Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers here at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your rights as an employee. We are a dedicated law firm that’s here to offer help in protecting the rights of injured employees and their families. Call us today to set up a free and confidential appointment to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

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