Arizona Construction Workers at Risk of Heat-Related Injuries This Summer
Arizona construction workers are in constant danger of cave-ins, crane accidents, falls and scaffolding collapses. According to a news report, this summer, Arizona laborers have another potential danger to be worried about -- heat. All workers who spend their time outdoors in the Arizona heat are at risk of heat stroke and dehydration.
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported that 110 people were killed in heat-related injuries in 2009. Workers in the summer heat must literally consume gallons of water a day to stay hydrated. The most considerate and cautious supervisors will create a system that allows a rotating break system to keep employees from being under the sun for too long.
Workers suffering from heat-related symptoms may first suffer from muscle cramps or spasms. They may then start to sweat heavily, suffer a headache or even begin vomiting. Heat exhaustion can quickly turn into heat stroke, which can cause permanent organ damage or even death.
In order to prevent Arizona construction accident injuries, employers must provide their workers with adequate rest, shade and water. Work hours should be adjusted so that work done in areas without shade can be done during early morning or late evening hours. Sun block should be used at all times and workers should be encouraged to ask for a break if they are beginning to feel the effects of being in the sun too long.
No amount of safety precautions can prevent all Arizona construction accident injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in Arizona, call our experienced construction accident lawyers in Phoenix at The Breyer Law Offices P.C at 602-457-6222 for a free consultation. We can help you file for workers compensation benefits and even file a civil lawsuit if your injury resulted from someone else's negligence.