Recognize Heat Stroke at Work

heatstroke at workRecognizing heat stroke at work can help save not your only your life, but the lives of your co-workers. Many jobs require hard physical labor in all types of weather. Agriculture, construction, and similar industries may expose workers to extreme weather conditions.

A roofing company was recently found in violation of not educating their employees about the signs and prevention measures necessary for treating potentially fatal heat exposure. Their negligence resulted in the death of one of their roofing employees. Brent Adams & Associates' Raleigh workers' comp lawyers prepared a simple list of prevention tips to help educated workers so that they can recognize heat exhaustion and heat stroke at work:

Heat Exhaustion

  • Fatigue and excessive sweating. The Centers for Disease Control, the main government body that monitors health and illnesses, recommends relocating to a shady cooler area and remove or loosen any tight clothing.
  • Nausea. Frequently drink adequate amounts of water. If you or your co-worker begins to vomit, seek medical attention and follow our tips for talking to a medical doctor about work injuries.

Heat Stroke

  • Temperature of 103 or higher. Call emergency services immediately.
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness. Do not drink water or other liquids. Knowing the difference between head exhaustion and heat stroke will help you treat yourself or the victim carefully. Water is a helpful prevention method, but once someone is experiencing heat stroke it is an emergecny. Immediate medical attention is needed if someone is suffering heat stroke.
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