Why you may experience heat stroke at work

On Behalf of | Jul 1, 2021 | Workers' Compensation

It isn’t uncommon for New York residents to experience hot and humid weather throughout the summer. If you work outside during the months of June, July or August, you may be at risk of heat stroke.

Your body may not be used to the heat and humidity

It’s rare for temperatures in some parts of New York state to exceed 90 degrees. Therefore, your body may not be used to the stress that extreme weather conditions can cause. Furthermore, you may not be aware of the early signs of heat stroke such as excessive thirst or slurred speech. If you do become ill while working outdoors, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Do you have access to water and shade?

Drinking water can be an effective way to regulate your internal body temperature while working outdoors. It may also be possible to stay hydrated by eating fresh fruits such as watermelon, strawberries or peaches that contain significant amounts of water. It’s important to stay away from soda, coffee or alcohol as the active ingredients in these beverages can lead to severe dehydration. Spending time in the shade can also be a great way to cool down because temperatures tend to be lower in areas that don’t receive any direct sunlight.

Exposure to extreme heat or humidity can cause a variety of health issues such as organ failure or a rash. If you experienced heat stroke while on the job, it may be possible to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney can often help you get your claim approved in a timely manner.