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'Tis the season for heat-related injuries and illnesses at work

The first official day of summer occurs this weekend. However, much of the nation is heating up like it is already mid-summer. It seems that there are few places that one can escape to during the summer months in order to feel truly cool when outdoors during the daylight hours. As a result, it is important for everyone who ventures outside during the day to take heat-related and UV-related precautions.

Individuals who work outdoors are at particular risk of suffering heat-related and UV-related injuries and illnesses during the summer. Lifeguards, construction workers and a host of other workers of every age find themselves battling the summer temperature and the sun’s harsh glare during this time of year. Taking precautions before venturing out and during outdoor shifts can help to ensure that these workers remain as safe as possible while they are out in the summer sun.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has numerous tools on its website designed to educate employers and workers about heat-related illnesses and injuries that can occur on jobsites. By taking OSHA’s numerous tips into account, employers and workers can almost certainly “beat the heat” more often than not.

With that said, it is important for workers to understand that they may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for certain injuries and illnesses caused by summer conditions. If these illnesses or injuries were sustained on the job, workers can speak with experienced attorneys about their legal options, including but not necessarily limited to obtaining workers’ compensation benefits.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “Can I Get Worker's Comp For Heat Stroke?” Le Trinh, June 17, 2015

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