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Tips for Working Outside in Florida During the Summer

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration, occupational heat exposure kills and injures thousands of workers each year in the United States. Working outside and working in occupations where conditions inside create extreme working environments (i.e. boiler rooms, bakeries, ceramic plants, glass production, etc.) substantially increases the risk for heat-related illnesses. Steps must be taken to protect workers from extreme heat.

For more information about employer responsibilities and worker rights regarding Occupational Heat Exposure, contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. to speak with a Florida workers’ compensation lawyer.

Safety Tips for Working Outside

If you are working outside in Florida, you need to take steps to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses. Below are tips for avoiding heat exhaustion and heat stroke when working outside or when working in extreme heat.

    • Avoid Drinking Ice Cold Drinks – Ice cold drinks slow down the rate of fluid absorption because the cold fluids constrict the blood vessels in the stomach. Because hydration is important when working outside, stick with cool or room temperature drinks.
    • Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol – Caffeine and alcohol contribute to dehydration due to their diuretic effect. Avoid or limit caffeine when working outside, especially during the hot summer months.
    • Drink Water Often – Do not wait until you are thirsty to take a break and drink water. You should be drinking small amounts of water frequently to avoid dehydration. Two to four cups of water every hour — every 15 minutes is recommended by OSHA.
    • Limit Work During Middle of the Day – If possible, work outside in the morning or late evenings when the temperature is not as high.
    • Take Breaks – Take breaks to rest in the shade every couple of hours to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
    • Wear the Appropriate Clothing – Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing, eye protection, sunscreen, and a hat when working outside.
    • Learn The Signs – Know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Watch for these signs in yourself and in your co-workers.

Signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

According to OSHA, the signs of heat exhaustion are:

    • Dizziness
    • Headache
    • Sweaty skin
    • Weakness
    • Cramps
    • Nausea and/or vomiting
    • Fast heartbeat

The signs of a heat stroke according to OSHA are:

    • Red, hot, dry skin
    • High temperature
    • Confusion
    • Convulsions
    • Fainting

For more information about avoiding heat related illnesses when working outside in Florida, see OSHA’s Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers.

Call an Experienced Boca Raton Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you have been hurt on the job, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Even though this should be an easy, straightforward process, many Florida workers run into problems applying for workers’ comp benefits. Our workers’ compensation lawyers successfully represent injured workers’ throughout West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, & Miami, FL.

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