In Southern California, we can see hot days, even in the middle of winter. If you work outside, then it is important to understand how you can work to prevent becoming the victim of an injury or illness related to the heat. Read on for the best tips and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you are injured at work or otherwise require the help of a personal injury attorney.
Pay Attention to What Your Body is Telling You
If you feel lightheaded, dizzy, or sick to your stomach, then you should take a break immediately. When a person becomes seriously sick or injured due to heatstroke or other heat-related issues, they almost always report that they knew something was wrong well before they actually took action. Do not make this mistake – take action right away and take symptoms seriously.
We know, you’ve heard this a million times before – but there is a good reason for that. Dehydration is a serious issue and it can happen very quickly when someone is sweating a lot. Keep liquid around at all times and drink as much as you can. Do not wait to get thirsty before you start drinking – stay ahead of it for the best results.
Get Plenty of Shade
You should be taking breaks and those breaks should be in the shade. If you are working in the heat and there is no shade provided or nearby available, then it is reasonable to talk to your employer and let them know. They should be providing short breaks out of the direct sun. If they are not, then they might be setting themselves up for a workers’ compensation claim.
Wear the Right Clothing
If you know you will be outside in the heat, do not wear heavy clothing that is going to make you hotter. Do not wear dark colors. You might need to wear certain types of clothing for protection, depending on what you are doing, but you should be mindful of what you are wearing and keep it as light as possible.
Be Prepared for Weather Conditions
Before you leave the house, check not only the temperature but the heat index too. Follow the warnings. If meteorologists recommend not doing certain jobs or taking part in particular activities due to the heat index, then you should follow that advice.
If you have suffered injuries at work because you were forced to work in hot conditions, then you might be eligible for compensation related to your injuries. Contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 now to request a free legal consultation and to determine what your options are.