OSHA is helping employers remember to protect their employees from these health risks.
Governor Nixon declared a state of emergency because of the extreme heat in July. As a result the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated all counties in Missouri as natural disaster areas. The Missouri Department of Public Safety declared that the threat of hyperthermia is a very real danger for many people due to the high temperatures. Hyperthermia occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat that it can dissipate. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment to prevent disability, even death.
While they say that elderly people are at greater risk, heat exhaustion threatens thousands of outdoor workers who work in such extreme summer conditions. OSHA is helping employers remember to protect their employees from these health risks.
Outdoor workers need access to plenty of water and rest in the shade to combat these risks. An employee should seek medical attention immediately if they have symptoms of heat exhaustion or other heat related health risks.
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If you or someone you love has suffered a heat related health problem due to poor working conditions, contact the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann. Our legal team has a strong history of helping injured workers get the medical attention and financial compensation that they need. Contact our St. Louis Missouri workers compensation lawyers to ensure that your rights are protected. Please call (314) 361-4300 or toll free at (888) 872-6795. You can also complete our Online Case Evaluation Form.
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