Does your job involve exposure to extreme heat? If so, you may be at a greater risk for certain illnesses and work-related injuries.
To stay safe in a hot work environment, you need to know the facts about heat stress and take steps to prevent heat-related work injury.
However, it is not your responsibility alone to take the proper precautions to avoid heat stress. Your employer is also responsible for providing a safe work environment, and it is incumbent upon them to help prevent heat-related injuries, as well.
If you think you may be at risk, it is crucial that you know:
At Huber & Palsir LLC in Philadelphia, we are here to inform Pennsylvania workers who are at risk of work-related injury, and to protect their right to a safe work environment through workers’ compensation.
If you work outdoors or in a hot environment, you may be at an increased risk of heat stress.
Workers at a greater risk include firefighters, bakery workers, farmers, construction workers, miners, boiler room workers, and factory workers.
The risk of heat stress is higher among workers who are 65 years of age or older, overweight, have heart disease or high blood pressure, or take certain medications that may be affected by extreme heat.
If you are among the workers at risk of heat stress, it is important to know the forms it can take.
Heat-related illnesses include:
Exposure to heat can also increase the risk of burns & other work-related injuries due to:
When workers are exposed to extreme heat, it is incumbent on their employer to take steps to prevent heat-related illness.
These steps include:
We at Huber & Palsir, LLC can help you determine whether your employer took the required steps to prevent your injury.
If you have been affected by a heat-related illness or injury in the workplace, there are resources at your disposal, such as workers’ compensation. At Huber & Palsir LLC in Philadelphia, we are here to help you utilize those resources.
In the case that you have been impacted by a work-injury due to heat exposure, we can help you determine the best course of action.
Stay cool, hydrated and safe — and please do not hesitate to contact us if you work in the state of Pennsylvania and have been impacted by a heat-related illness or injury!