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Workers’ Compensation for Heat Stroke?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2011 and 2019, 344 work-related deaths were due to excessive exposure to heat. As we make our way into the summer months, it is essential to keep in mind that the Virginia summer heat can be intense, and working outdoors in high temperatures can be dangerous. Heat-related injuries are a serious problem in the workplace, and they can often be traced back to employer negligence.

Employers Must Provide a Safe Environment

Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe work environment for their employees. This is especially true when working in hot weather conditions. Employers who fail to provide a safe work environment can be fined and held liable for any injuries or illnesses that occur. Heat can result in several health problems, like:

  • Dehydration.
  • Heat Exhaustion.
  • Heat Stroke.

Industries Most At-Risk

Many industries are exposed to excessive environmental heat on a regular basis. This can be due to a variety of factors, including the working conditions, the type of work being performed, and the equipment being used. Some of the most common industries that are exposed to excessive heat include:

  • Agricultural/Landscaping - Working outdoors in hot weather puts workers in these industries at a higher risk for exposure to high temperatures. In addition, agricultural and landscaping workers often wear heavy clothing or protective gear, which can block sweat glands and prevent the body from cooling itself effectively.
  • Construction - Roofing and roadwork are two of the most common construction activities that can lead to heat-related injuries, as they often require workers to wear heavy clothing and work in direct sunlight.
  • Package Delivery - Package delivery workers are particularly susceptible to heat-related injuries because they are often required to work on a time crunch, without breaks, to meet time goals.

It is important to remember that heat-related injuries are not just risks for outdoor workers. Indoor workers can also be affected by high temperatures, particularly if they are working in an area with heat-generating machinery that is not well ventilated.

Will Workers' Compensation Cover You?

In most cases, workers' compensation will cover heat-related injuries if they are due to workplace conditions. For example, if an employee is required to work outdoors in high temperatures and suffers from heat stroke, as a result, their medical expenses and lost wages should be covered by workers' compensation. Similarly, if an indoor worker becomes sick due to exposure to high temperatures, such as in a factory or restaurant kitchen, they may also be eligible for coverage. However, employers may try to argue that your injuries took place outside your scope of employment. That is why it is crucial to contact a work injury attorney.

Your Virginia Work Injury Attorneys

At Reinhardt | Harper | Davis our work injury attorneys are experienced in representing clients who have been injured on the job. We understand the challenges that you may be facing, and we will fight to get you the compensation that you deserve. We have a proven track record of success in representing clients in work injury cases, and we will put our experience to work for you.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident and are seeking compensation, contact us today by calling (804) 294-2966 or by filling out our form online.

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