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Can high temperatures lead to workplace illnesses?

Often, people realize certain on-the-job dangers, such as falling from heights on construction sites. However, there are other hazards that may not receive as much attention but can also lead to workplace illnesses, resulting in lost lives and serious injuries. In New York, and elsewhere in the U.S., those who work outside or in a hot environment may be hurt by the high temperatures in various ways.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that those who work in hot environments, such as those employed in the agricultural industry and construction workers, may suffer various heat-related health problems. For example, they may have heat cramps, exhaustion or heat stroke. Furthermore, they may suffer burns.

While many people realize the risks associated with severe heat for outdoor workers, some people who work indoors may also suffer because of heat. For example, someone who works in a bakery or a kitchen may be exposed to excessively high temperatures. Moreover, firefighters may suffer injuries or lose their lives due to severe heat. Additionally, working in an excessively hot environment may increase the likelihood of suffering an injury or passing away in a jobsite accident. For example, serious heat can make workers dizzy, cause them to sweat excessively (which could affect their grip) and interfere with their vision if they are wearing glasses.

With summer months approaching, it is especially important to remember these hazards with. If you have been hurt because you were working in a dangerously hot environment, you should take a look at all of your options.

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