Your body has natural mechanisms to help you when you are in the heat, such as sweating. However, if you are in extreme heat for prolonged periods of time, your body can lose its ability to cool your internal temperature. In some cases, this can lead to heat stroke, which comes with the threat of permanent disability or even death.
First, your body can react in several different ways to the heat. Some common heat stress reactions and their symptoms include:
- Heat rash - a group of red skin bumps caused by sweating
- Heat cramps - painful muscle spasms as a result of strenuous activity while sweating
- Heat syncope - fainting or dizziness from dehydration
- Heat exhaustion - confusion, rapid breathing, and fatigue caused by excessive sweating
- Heat stroke - increasingly high body temperature as your body loses its ability to regulate its temperature
While heat rash, heat cramps, and even heat syncope can disappear once your body's moisture levels are replenished and you escape to cooler temperatures, conditions like heat stroke require immediate medical attention to bring down your body's internal temperature. Without this, you can suffer from permanent damage.
To protect yourself from heat stress, you should drink plenty of water, including cold fluids while you are working. You should also wear breathable or sweat-wicking clothing to help your body keep itself cool. You can also work up to hot jobs by acclimatizing yourself a little every day.
Employers can also work to protect their employees by offering cold beverages and a cool rest area for breaks. If possible, employers should reschedule hot outdoor tasks for cooler months or times, such as working early in the morning rather than in late afternoon.
Frustratingly, though, not all employers provide these safety measures to their employees. If you have suffered from heat stress due to a negligent employer, you may be entitled to worker's compensation. To discuss your case, contact a knowledgeable Raleigh worker's compensation lawyer from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, today.
At Scudder & Hedrick, we understand that it can be difficult to stand up against a negligent employer. For help with your case, contact an experienced Raleigh workplace injuries attorney from Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, today.