Working outside during long, hot summer days puts you at risk of overheating.
If you become ill or injured due to exposure to excessive heat, you may want to hold your employer responsible. Fortunately, workers’ compensation may assist in this situation.
1. Some jobs put you at a higher risk for heat illness
If your job requires you to work your entire shift outside, sun and heat exposure is a concern. According to OSHA, an average of 3,507 employees miss work each year due to heat-related injuries or accidents. The organization also reports that the following jobs put you at a heightened risk for heat illness:
- Road construction crews
- Utility workers
- Building construction workers
- Bil rig workers
- Package delivery personnel
- Agricultural workers
2. Employers must take precautions against heat illness
Your employer must provide protection against heat-related illness if your job requires you to work in extreme heat conditions. You should have access to water, frequent breaks and shade.
3. Workers’ compensation may cover heat-related illness
If you experience any of the following as a result of your occupation, you can file a workers’ compensation claim:
- Heat stroke
- Slips due to sweaty grips
- Heat cramps
- Heat exhaustion
- Injuries due to foggy safety glasses
Your employer’s insurance should cover your medical expenses and lost wages due to the illness, even if your employer took precautions to prevent it.
While you may do your best to prevent heat-related illnesses while you work, know that workers’ compensation is available if you experience an injury or illness due to excessive heat exposure.