Let’s consider the top five high-risk occupations for heatstroke injuries and what you can do to recover full and fair compensation after a work-related injury.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11 workers suffer serious heatstroke injuries each day in the US. Heatstroke occurs when the body cannot control its temperature. The symptoms may include nausea, heavy sweating, confusion, throbbing headache, dizziness, or red and dry skin. In extreme cases, this condition can lead to loss of consciousness or death.
Let’s consider the top five high-risk occupations for heatstroke injuries to help you keep safe.
Studies show that workers in the construction industries are 13 times more exposed to heatstroke than workers in other industries. This is especially true for road construction workers and roofers who spend most of their working hours under the scorching sun.
Workers who work in a bakery are among the highest at risk for heatstroke. A typical day for a baker involves interacting with extremely hot processes in restricted working spaces. Even worse, the high humidity in the kitchen adds to the oppressive heat burden and puts bakers at an increased risk of heatstroke injuries.
Firefighters experience heatstroke at an astonishingly high rate. Fighting fire involves working in extremely hot conditions and wearing PPE with a high heat burden. Sadly, continued exposure to hot temperatures has been known to cause life-threatening cardiovascular conditions among firefighters.
It’s no surprise that heatstroke is a common issue among landscapers. Most landscaping involves working outdoors under unforgiving heat, which exposes landscapers to heatstroke that can cause permanent body damage or worse if left untreated. Therefore, if you are a landscaper, you should drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty, take breaks to cool off, or apply sunscreen to the exposed body parts to help you minimize the risk of heatstroke injuries.
5. Delivery Job
This is another job that is commonly known to cause severe heat strokes. For example, delivery workers in United Parcel Service (UPS) constantly work in hot temperatures. As a result, they endure dehydration and heatstroke injuries. In addition, in extremely hot weather conditions, the delivery workers may faint behind the wheel or suffer kidney failure.
Aluminum smelting operations involve working in hot pot rooms, which exposes workers to adverse heatstroke injuries. One common heat-related injury for smelters is heat syncope, which reduces blood pressure and leads to peripheral vasodilation.
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