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Keeping yourself safe from the heat at work

If you are working in the Mississippi sun, you could be putting yourself at risk for heatstroke and other heat-induced injuries. Heat-related illnesses can be very dangerous, yet these injuries happen all of the time. In just 10 to 15 minutes of intense labor in the sun, your body temperature could reach over 106 degrees Fahrenheit and you could experience heat stroke .

Risks for heat illnesses

If left untreated, heat-related distress could become more serious and potentially even lead to death. Heatstroke is not the only illness to look out for, but heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat rashes are also very common heat injuries that could occur at work.

Heatstroke happens when a person stops sweating and the body can no longer control its internal temperature. Heat exhaustion is when someone sweats excessively, causing the body to rapidly lose salt and water. These disorders can also create painful cramps and rashes.

Avoiding heat-related injuries

While it is not always easy to avoid direct sunlight while you are working, there are some precautionary measures you can employ to safeguard your health. Wearing the appropriate attire and applying sunscreen can minimize your chance of sunburns. Keeping water with you at all times and avoiding tea, coffee, and alcohol can maintain your hydration levels. Slowing down your working pace and finding time for breaks may prevent exhaustion. Be sure to stay aware of the signs of heat-induced illness to know if you need medical assistance.

Your employer should do what they can to protect you from the sun’s harmful heat, but if you do experience a heat-related injury, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation case. An attorney could help you in getting the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve after a work injury.

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