Working in a hot environment, even when outdoors, can be very dangerous and even deadly. Because of this, employers are required by law to take precautions that protect their workers from heat-related illnesses.
What are Heat Illnesses?
Heat stroke: When body temperature rises to a critical level (over 104 degrees), heat stroke – the most serious heat-related illness – can be deadly. Symptoms include confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures.
Heat exhaustion: Headache, nausea, dizziness, weakness, irritability, confusion, thirst, heavy sweating, and a body temperature over 100 degrees are all signs of heat exhaustion.
Heat cramps: These muscle pains are usually caused by the loss of body salts and fluids due to sweating and improper hydration.
Heat rash: This is the most common heat-related illness. It is caused by sweating, and results in small blisters on the neck, upper chest, groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.If you have suffered a serious heat-related illness on the job, contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross to discuss your legal options. Call 267-589-0090 or 215-512-1500 to arrange a free review of our case with one of our experienced the Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers or complete our online contact form. We can ensure that you will receive the financial compensation and support that you need and deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, where we serve workers throughout the surrounding area.