Working New York Construction in August? What You Need to Know About Heat Related Illness and Injury

August can be a profitable and productive month for you if you are a New York construction worker. Construction workers are usually busy during this month with long days of sunlight free from the threat of ice and snow. However, as you take advantage of summer days it is important to remember that they bring with them their own risks of weather related injury for construction workers.

Heat can be Dangerous for Construction Workers

According to the CDC, extreme heat can cause the following types of heat related illnesses*:
  • Heat Stroke: this is the most serious type of heat related illness and occurs when the body is no longer able to regulate its own temperature. It is a medical emergency and requires immediate medical treatment in order to prevent death or permanent injury. Symptoms of heat stroke may include high body temperature, dizziness, hallucinations, profuse sweating, chills, bad headaches and slurred speech.
  • Heat Exhaustion: a construction worker may suffer heat exhaustion due to an extreme loss of body water and salt. It is important to move a worker who is sweating, weak or tired, nauseous, flushed, or experiencing other symptoms to a cool area and to provide water.
  • Heat Syncope: a construction worker may faint from hot temperatures and need to lie down in a cool place and drink liquids to prevent further injury.
  • Heat Cramps: cramps may occur after strenuous activity in hot temperatures. They should be taken seriously and treated immediately to avoid further injury.

Additionally, heat can be a factor in some construction related accidents. For example, sweaty palms or dizziness can cause a New York construction worker fall or other significant injury.

When to Call a New York Accident Attorney 

If you have been injured in a heat related New York construction accident then it is important to contact a New York accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your rights and your potential recovery. The New York construction accident lawyers at The Pagan Law Firm are committed to helping you get the recovery that you deserve. Please contact us today at 1-800-PAGAN-911 to learn more.

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

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