Employees may file for workers’ compensation benefits for any number of reasons, such as a slip and fall sustained on the job or a back injury caused by lifting heavy objects. However, it may be less well known that employees could seek compensation for illnesses resulting from working in hot temperatures.
While Minnesota is not known for hot weather, heat waves can still happen and put people who work outdoors in danger. Here are some of the complications to look out for.
People who perform physical labor in hot weather are more susceptible to getting heat stroke. This can include those who work in construction, on oil fields, or on large farms. People working in hot conditions indoors such as in kitchens and laundry facilities may also be at risk. Some of the symptoms of heat stroke include high body temperature, confusion, irritability, slurred speech, and coma. Keep medical records if you experience an episode of heat stroke that requires you to take time off from work to recover.
Blocked sweat glands are the main cause of heat rash, as they trap sweat under the skin and cause great discomfort and irritation. The rash can sometimes be so severe that it impacts your ability to do your job. If this is the case, take pictures of the rash and document any recommendations from your doctor regarding the condition.
Minnesota has certain regulations regarding working in the heat. It is important to be aware of the risks of illnesses caused by heat in order to protect yourself.