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OSHA Warns Employers About Heat Related Work Injuries and Fatalities

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Summer days can be long and hot in most U.S. states, including New York. Working in these extreme conditions can result in serious injuries and fatalities. This has prompted the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to remind employers and employees that environmental heat exposure should remain a concern even as summer winds down.

The BLS highlighted data in a post published in the August 30 edition of The Economics Daily showing that environmental heat exposure contributed to 37 work-related deaths and 2,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2015. Nearly 90 percent (33) of the deaths occurred during the months of June through September.

OSHA Guidelines Warning About Dangers of Working in Hot Weather

Heat-related injuries and deaths have been on the rise. To prevent or at least reduce such tragedies, OSHA provides resources for employers and employees about the dangers of working in hot weather through its “Water.Rest.Shade.” campaign. The agency offers tips to help prevent heat-related illnesses and fatalities, including:
• Drink water every 15 minutes
• Take rest breaks in the shade to cool down
• Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
• Monitor co-workers for any signs of problems

Regulation and Laws Pushing to Protect Workers

OSHA does not currently have heat-related illness regulations. The only way the agency can issue fines in heat deaths is by using the General Duty Clause. Proving existence and knowledge of a hazard are two keys in using the GDC. Despite not having a heat-illness standard, OSHA has issued guidance to employers on the issue. There has been a push on behalf of employees for OSHA to devise regulations and laws for employers to abide by to reduce the likelihood of heat-related work injuries.

Protecting the Rights of Injured Construction Workers

Work sites are generally hotbeds for accidents, including heat-related injuries and fatalities. The victims and their loved ones may have a valid personal injury claim or wrongful death claim against the responsible parties.

At Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C., we understand the consequences that work site accidents have on the lives of victims and the lives of their loved ones. In fact, senior partner and lead trial attorney Jeff S. Korek grew up in the construction industry and has first-hand knowledge of the inherent dangers in this kind of work. Such experience allows us to aggressively fight to protect your rights and get you the compensation that you deserve.

We Can Help You If You Are Injured

When you are injured in a work related accident, you need to hire an experienced New York work injury attorney to protect your legal rights. The attorneys at Gersowitz Libo & Korek P.C. have more than 30 years of experience and knowledge to aggressively fight for your rights and get you the full extent of the monetary compensation that you deserve.

To schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our New York work releated injury attorneys, please call 1-800-529-9997.

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