You are probably aware that working too many hours in a row increases the likelihood of a work injury. But you may not realize that doing heavy physical work in extreme heat can place undue stress on the body, leading to a serious condition called heat exhaustion.
Heat exhaustion may happen to workers of any age or either gender, and is brought on by excessive sweating and not enough replenishment of bodily fluids. Those at highest risk are laborers who work outdoors during hot summer months (such as landscapers, construction workers and sanitation workers) or those inside hot warehouses without proper ventilation.
The early signs of heat exhaustion are similar to those of mild shock and include:
- Excessive sweating
- Pale or clammy skin
- Shallow or rapid breathing
- Weak pulse
- Muscle cramps
Sweating is one of the most important signs of heat exhaustion. If a person has stopped sweating despite excessive heat, they may be suffering a life-threatening condition called heat stroke. Any worker who is exhibiting these signs should be moved to a cooler location and doused with cold water as first aid is called. If the victim is confused or unresponsive, dial 911 for immediate medical treatment.If your employer failed to provide protection against heat exposure, New Jersey worker’s compensation attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can help you get payments for your injury costs and time off work. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 or click the link above to download our FREE book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers Comp Guide.