Heat Injuries on the Job
During the summer months, workers are at an increased risk of heat-related injuries and illnesses. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) those workers who are most risk for heat injuries include firefighters, utility workers, farmers, construction workers, and factory workers.
People can be harmed by heat in a variety of ways. One of the most dangerous heat-related injuries is heat stroke. Heat stroke happens when the body is no longer able to control its own temperature, causing the worker’s body temperature to soar. Heat stroke is a true medical emergency that is often fatal if not properly and promptly treated.
Heat exhaustion is another serious condition that affects workers. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body has lost too much water and salt, usually due to excessive sweating. A worker suffering from heat exhaustion may have symptoms of dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. Left untreated, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.
Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and other heat-related illnesses can affect a person for days and can even cause permanent damage to the body and brain. Additionally, blazing temperatures can increase the risk of other work accidents or injuries, if a worker’s palms are sweaty, or if they are feeling dizzy.
If you’ve suffered a heat stroke or other heat-related illness at work, it is important to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for help filing a claim. At Krol, Bongiorno & Given, we have handled well over 30,000 claims for injured workers throughout the state of Illinois. For immediate help with a work injury case, call (312) 726-5567 for a free consultation or contact us online.