When you’re relaxing on the beach in Cape May or Wildwood, the summer heat can feel fantastic. If you’re working on a high-rise or paving a road in Newark, however, it’s a completely different (and much more dangerous) story. High levels of humidity, sweltering heat, and sun exposure can be deadly to our men and women in construction, but fortunately heat-related injury awareness is on the rise.

Most worksites have followed OSHA’s lead to educate employees about heat stress prevention, detection, and treatment. Supervisors are usually vigilant about ensuring rest breaks, shade, and plenty of water to individuals working in the hottest parts of the day. There are also several things that you can do on your own to protect yourself this summer. The CDC and OSHA both recommend the following summer safety measures for individuals in the construction industry:

  • Wear breathable, light-colored cotton clothing.
  • Avoid exposure to extreme heat and humidity by performing more intense labor during cooler parts of the day.
  • Take many breaks, and rest in the shade when available.
  • Water, water, water! Drink water frequently, and avoid alcohol, caffeine, and sugary drinks even after your shift is through.

Another important thing you must remember is not only to monitor yourself for signs of heat-related illness, but keep a close eye on your coworkers. Heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses are extremely dangerous and unnoticed symptoms can often lead to other dangerous accidents.

If you have suffered from heat-related illness on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Speak with my firm today about your accident by scheduling a free consultation—click on the live chat link to get started now.

Manfred Ricciardelli
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Morristown Workers' Compensation Lawyer
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