OSHA: Workers need water, rest and shade to prevent heat illnesses

For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched its campaign raising awareness about work-related heat illnesses among employers and workers, The Times and Democrat reported on June 1.

U.S. Labor Department Secretary Thomas Perez believes employers play a vital role in preventing heat illnesses among workers. He stated that keeping workers hydrated, providing access to shaded areas, and allowing rest time are key steps in maintaining a healthy workforce during the hot summer months.

Workers in the transportation, landscaping, agriculture, and construction industries are at a high risk of heat sickness.

There are times that the employer fails to provide adequate measures to keep workers safe from any workplace hazards, including heat. If you believe employer negligence has been the reason for your injury or illness in Des Moines, a lawyer at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might be able to help you file for workers’ compensation benefits. Call us at 877-327-2600 to learn how we may assist you.

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