People who work in and around Cleveland know that the summer months bring a lot of heat and humidity to the area. Those who work outdoors, including construction workers, are highly susceptible to heat illnesses ranging from sunburn to heat stroke.
Like construction accidents that result in damage to the body, work-related heat illnesses are covered by workers' compensation. However, avoiding these conditions altogether is the best way to assure your continued health. Heat stroke is by far the most dangerous illness caused by overexposure to hot environments. If left unaddressed, heat stroke can damage your organs and may even lead to death. Its symptoms include:
- Hot and red skin that is either damp or dry
- Excessive sweating (in some cases)
- Confusion and dizziness
- Fast and strong pulse
- Headache and/or nausea
- Extremely high body temperature
- Loss of consciousness
Just as you try to avoid other construction accidents and illnesses, there are ways you can minimize the risk of suffering a heat stroke. Staying well-hydrated is a good way to help regulate your body temperature. Avoiding heavy, greasy meals during the day can also help as can getting plenty of rest each night. You should also resist the temptation to go in and out of air-conditioned structures while working as it interferes with your ability to adjust to hot temperatures
It is possible to recover from a heat stroke, but the condition requires immediate medical intervention. Although heat illnesses are not typical construction accidents, your workers' compensation benefits will pay for any medical treatment you need to recover. Those who experience difficulty accessing these benefits should consider talking to an Ohio-based attorney for assistance.