A New York Heat Wave in August May be Inevitable, but New York Construction Worker Heat Injuries are Preventable


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8/15/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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New York weather may be unpredictable, but you can bet that at some point during the month of August it is going to be very hot and you are going to be required to go to work anyway. Before you leave for work on a hot summer day, it is important to know that doing construction work in hot temperatures can be dangerous and there are things you and your employer can do to keep you safe.*

How Your Employer Can Prevent Heat Related Construction Injuries

Your employer could prevent construction heat injuries by:
  • Scheduling strenuous outdoor work during the early morning or early evening hours when the temperature is cooler.
  • Rotating workers often so that workers are not continuously exposed to dangerous conditions.
  • Providing rest breaks in cool (or air conditioned) areas and providing cold drinks.
  • Training workers about the signs of heat illnesses and what to do if they experience symptoms.

How You Can Prevent Heat Related Construction Injuries

As a construction worker, you can also help prevent New York construction injuries by:
  • Drinking lots of cold water.
  • Wearing light colored and loose fitting clothing.
  • Looking out for yourself and for your coworkers and immediately informing a supervisor of any danger.

When to Call a New York Accident Attorney 

When appropriate preventative measures are not taken, serious injuries or fatalities can result. If you've been hurt, or if a loved one has been killed, in a construction heat accident then please call a New York accident lawyer today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 for more information.

*Source: CDC NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topics: Heat Stress

Read More About Heat Related Construction Accidents in our Free Library Article: Working New York Construction in August? What You Need to Know About Heat Related Illness and Injury 

Category: Construction Accidents


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