Workers at Higher Risk of Heat Stress Injuries
- Brick and ceramic factory workers
- Electrical utility workers
- Food industry workers – including those working in bakeries, confectioneries, and commercial kitchens
- Foundry workers (both iron/steel and non-ferrous)
- Workers in laundries
Those working outside in direct sunlight and hot weather may experience high temperatures and high humidity while laboring. The groups at risk include:
- Construction workers
- Emergency response professionals
- Farm workers
- Oil and gas industry workers
- Those removing hazardous waste
Workers required to wear bulky, non-breathable protective clothing in hot environments are at risk of overheating. Heat can also be a factor in slip and fall accidents by causing sweaty palms and fogged safety glasses as well as dizziness. Burns can also occur in workplaces where hot steam and hot surfaces are present.
It is important to recognize the symptoms of heat-related illness so that the affected worker receives proper medical care. The following describes the most common heat stress injuries and their symptoms.
- Heat cramps – Occurs when sweating depletes salt and moisture levels in the body. Symptoms include painful muscle cramps or spasms in the arms, legs, or abdomen.
- Heat exhaustion – This is more severe and also occurs when the body has lost excessive amounts of water and salt. Symptoms may include dizziness, nausea and vomiting, extreme weakness or fatigue, irritability, rapid heartbeat, fast shallow breathing, or slightly elevated body temperature.
- Heat stroke – This is a serious medical issue that can be fatal or cause permanent disability. At this point, the body is unable to control its temperature. Symptoms of heat stroke are high body temperature, throbbing headache, confusion, loss of coordination, hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, seizures, or coma.
Your Right to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you have suffered a heat stress injury while on the job you may be eligible for benefits to cover your medical costs and a portion of your lost wages. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law covers most seasonal, part-time, and full-time employees. Contact an experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer who can take care of your legal needs so that you can focus on your recovery. A knowledgeable attorney will make sure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to for as long as you need them to fully recover from your injury.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of Gross & Kenny, LLP Recover Compensation for Workers Suffering from Heat Stress Injuries
If you have been exposed to extreme heat conditions on the job and suffer from a heat-related illness or injury you may be entitled to compensation. At Gross & Kenny, LLP, our skilled Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers provide experienced legal representation and will fight for the maximum compensation allowable in your case. Call us at 215-512-1500 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.