Many workers have to spend a large part of their workday outdoors irrespective of the weather and temperature conditions outside.
These workers include:
- Construction workers
- Factory Workers
- and others
These workers spend a lot of time in extreme heat and are obviously at a higher risk of heat related injuries especially during the peak of summers. Workers who suffer heat stroke or other heat related illness at workplace may be entitled to benefits under the Missouri workers compensation system.
Symptoms of Heat Stress
Due to excessive sweating, a worker may get a red, itchy rash on the neck, chest, arms, or shoulders. These rashes can take many forms and range from tiny red bumps to large and painful blisters.
Too much sweating and dehydration often causes cramps. This often occurs when the workers do not consume sufficient liquids and the fluids and salt are not replenished. In absence of adequate fluids in the body, the back, legs, stomach and arms may cramp and lead to painful spasms.
Drowsiness or Fainting
When the worker becomes dehydrates or stands up suddenly too fast, he/she can suffer from dizziness, light headedness, or may faint. This is often known as heat syncope. It is a serious condition and should be treated immediately or it can lead to serious complications.
Heat exhaustion is particularly common among workers that are above 65 years of age or suffer from hypertension. A worker suffering from heat exhaustion may experience the following symptoms:
- heavy sweating
- labored breathing
- clammy skin
- pale or flushed complexion.
- muscle cramps
It is the most serious type of heat stress and the worker gets heat stroke when his/her body is no longer able to regulate temperature. The body temperature can shoot up to 106 in a matter of minutes. If not treated immediately, heat stroke can cause permanent disability and even death. Common symptoms of heat stroke include:
- Heavy sweating
- Hot and dry skin
- Slurred speech
- High fever and chills
If a Missouri worker experiences any of the aforementioned symptoms, they should immediately report it to the employer or supervisor and seek medical attention. It is also the responsibility of employers to take all safety and precautionary measures to prevent injury and illness among workers. Workers should be trained properly on prevention of heat related injuries.
Workers Compensation Attorneys
If a worker suffers heat related illness at the workplace, they may be entitled to receive benefits under workers compensation. An injured worker can claim medical expenses and wage loss benefits for the time they had to take off work to recover from illness. Insurance companies have billions of dollars and will often try to minimize or even deny your claim. Gain even footing and protect your legal rights by getting in touch with a workers compensation attorney as soon as possible.