Texas is gearing up for a hot summer, which puts anyone working outdoors at risk of suffering from a heat injury. For workers whose job requires prolonged time outdoors, it’s important to know how to spot a heatstroke to protect yourself and others from serious injuries or death.
What Is A Heatstroke?
A heatstroke occurs when the body overheats. When a person is exposed to a hot environment, their body must get rid of excess heat to maintain a stable core body temperature. This is mostly done through sweating. However, when the heat outside rises, sweating becomes less effective. If the body cannot get rid of the excess heat, the body’s rising temperature can cause organs to swell. If left untreated, the swelling can quickly cause damage to the brain, heart, kidneys, or muscles and even cause death.
Heatstroke Symptoms Can Include:
- Changes in mental state
- Flushed skin
- Rapid breathing
- Racing heart rate
How To Prevent Heatstroke
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports thousands of workers suffer from occupational heat exposure each year. All of these injuries are preventable with the appropriate safety procedures.
Heatstroke Prevention Tips:
- Drink water every fifteen minutes and drink at least one pint of water every hour
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing
- Take frequent breaks
- Avoid beverages with caffeine or alcohol
- If possible, block out direct sunlight or heat sources
The best way to prevent a heat exposure injury is to know the signs. Employers are required to provide safe workplaces for employees, which means all employees who work in the heat must be trained on how to work safely in extreme conditions. If an employer fails to provide employees with frequent breaks or is negligent in causing heat injuries, they can be held responsible.
Lubbock Heatstroke Injuries
If you or a loved one suffered a heatstroke at the workplace, you need a knowledgeable lawyer on your side to help you obtain compensation. The Lubbock work injury attorneys of Liggett Law Group has years of experience successfully handling occupational injury claims. Call us today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.