Heat-related illnesses are a real risk for construction workers, especially during the heat waves of midsummer. Construction employers can minimize the dangers of heat-related illnesses by:
- Providing workers with a cool place to take breaks. This may include an air-conditioned trailer or a shaded area, for example.
- Adjusting work schedules to avoid the hottest part of the day. Construction workers may work at night or in the very early morning hours to avoid the hot midday sun.
- Keeping workers well hydrated. Workers should be provided with unlimited access to cool, fresh water.
- Having workers wear proper clothing. Clothing should be as light-weight as possible, taking into consideration the necessary safety precautions that must be taken on construction sites.
- Recognizing the early signs of heat illness and getting the required help.
If you are a construction worker who has suffered from heat stroke or another heat related illness, then you may be entitled to damages. Call the New Jersey and New York construction injury lawyersof Hofmann & Schweitzer for more information about how to recover damages for your injuries. Our New York and New Jersey construction accident attorneys will work hard for your recovery.