With August heat indexes reaching above 100˚, all employers who have workers laboring in the heat must take precautions to prevent employees from becoming injured or ill while on the job in Oklahoma City. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) issues heat alerts quite often in Oklahoma City. Workers Compensation claims can be avoided if employers insist upon their employees taking breaks for water, rest and shade.
Guard Against Dehydration on the Job
Dehydration can cause dizziness, headaches and even blurred vision which all can lead to an illness or injury on the job. Being slightly dehydrated can lead to decreased energy levels. Ensure outdoor employees remain properly hydrated by consuming more water than they normally would if they were not in the heat. The normal guideline of drinking eight glasses of water will not suffice to guard against dehydration in extreme heat. Energy drinks that contain electrolytes can assist in maintaining hydration, but ensure that the drink does not also contain high levels of sugar.
Protecting Oklahoma City Workers from Heat on the Job
Three tips can help protect workers from heat exhaustion, illness and injury:
- Stay hydrated by consuming more water than normal.
- Wear protective clothing such as hats and long sleeves out of breathable fabric. Employees working outside should always wear sunscreen.
- Take many breaks to retreat to shady areas.
Oklahoma City Workers Compensation Lawyers
If you are injured on the job from heat exposure or become ill, you may need the expertise of a workers compensation lawyer. Robert R. Robles will ensure you receive the damages you are owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.