Thursday, August 13, 2009

As Temperatures Rise, Watch Out for Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

While we’ve had a relatively cool summer this year, the forecast suggests that temperatures are going to be hotter in August.

People who work outdoors like construction workers, builders, road workers, utility workers, police officers, maintenance workers, landscapers, city workers, and heavy equipment operators need to be especially wary of heat-related work injuries.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include a fever of 104 degrees or less, thirst, fainting, cool and clammy skin, weakness, aching muscles, sweating, slow heartbeat and dizziness. If you are experiencing these symptoms it is important to rest, get out of the sun, cool off, and re-hydrate.

Heat stroke is a life threatening condition when heat exhaustion goes untreated or unrelieved. Heat stroke takes place when the body temperature rises and the cooling system of the body stops working. Symptoms of heat stroke involve shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and rapid heart beat.

If you require medical attention after suffering heat exhaustion or heat stroke on the job, your medical expenses are most likely covered by workers’ compensation. If you miss work due to a heat injury, you may also be entitled to wage loss benefits.

Prevention is the best cure when it comes to heat exhaustion and heat stoke during these hot summer months. Avoid excessively strenuously activity when temperatures go up, take frequent rest breaks, and keep hydrated.

If you’ve suffered a heat-related work injury and have questions about your workers’ compensation rights, contact Meuser & Associates at 877-746-5680 or click here to send us an email to schedule a free consultation.

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