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Excessive heat and accidents at work

On behalf of Mitchell Law Corporation
April 20, 2020

In the coming months, temperatures will become unbearably hot for people in many parts of the country. Aside from discomfort and a lack of energy, there are some serious concerns with respect to excessive heat. For example, workers in certain fields are at risk of suffering a heat-stroke or other health problems due to working in hot temperatures.

Moreover, high temperatures also increase the likelihood of accidents occurring. For example, when workers become fatigued due to heat, mistakes are more likely.

Protecting yourself at work

It is imperative to do everything in your power to prevent a heat-related problem in the workplace, such as suffering a heat stroke or passing out while working. Moreover, you need to recognize various risk factors that are more prevalent during periods of very hot weather. Even if you are safe and cautious at work, it is possible that other workers increase the chances of an accident that leaves multiple people hurt (especially if they are inexperienced or refuse to pay attention to their condition).

Recovering from an accident

For those employed in certain fields, such as jobs that require outdoor work or involve physically-demanding responsibilities, hot weather is especially problematic. When someone is involved in a workplace accident caused by extreme heat or any other factor, it is crucial for them to explore the options they have. Workers’ compensation benefits provide critical resources to injured workers, but it is important to approach the process properly (especially since claims are not always approved). Our website provides a lot of information on applying for workers’ comp benefits.

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