With summer fast approaching, people performing outdoor work face certain
risks from changes in the weather. In Billings, for example,
average high temperatures in July and August are in the 80s, and there's always the possibility
of violent summer storms. For workers in oilfields and construction sites,
the weather can prove hazardous.
Coping with the heat
Working outside for long hours in hot weather, particularly when the labor
is strenuous, can lead to serious health problems if the proper precautions
aren't taken. Workers may suffer from sun stroke, heat exhaustion,
or painful muscle cramps. These conditions can have debilitating effects;
sun stroke, for example, is sometimes deadly.
It's critical that construction workers alternate between work and
rest, with time to regularly replenish the body with liquids. Workers
should also be trained to identify the symptoms of these heat-related
Worker suffering dehydration can experience dizziness, headaches, and fatigue.
The dehydration itself poses a danger; it can also affect workers'
behavior around heavy machinery and vehicles, leading to additional risks.
Drinking plenty of water is important, along with eating foods that are
rich in water and nutrients, like fruits and vegetables.
Workers also need to watch out for surfaces that heat up in the sun. Hot
surfaces can lead to burns; they can also raise the surrounding temperature,
making the work environment less safe.
Detecting the signs of an impending storm and seeking shelter from it are
important steps to preventing death and injury from high winds, lightning,
and other dangerous weather phenomena. Workers should have sufficient
time to find shelter and as much advanced warning as possible.
Seeking legal counsel
Should you suffer an accident related to heat or volatile weather, please
contact us. We'll review what happened and discuss your options for covering
the costs of medical care, lost wages, and other expenses.