Beat the heat with these tips for workers

Workers' compensation coverage helps protect people who get hurt on the job. It might be their own mistake that leads to an accident or a new worker who makes errors that cause a serious accident.

One of the things you have to be particularly careful of in the summer is the potential for heat-related illnesses on the job. In Oklahoma and other states that see extreme heat, it's essential for employers and their employees to be informed on how to stay safe in dangerous temperatures.

Here are some guidelines that you should review and consider following for the best heat-related illness prevention.

1. Drink water regularly

Yes, workers need more breaks in the heat. They also need to use some of that time to drink water. Drinking water every 15 minutes is recommended to replenish fluids that you use during the day.

2. Try to work in the shade

Working in the shade is another way to reduce the potential for serious heat-related illnesses. It can be 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the shade than in sunny areas. Even if you can't work in the shade, make sure you take breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned vehicle or building.

3. Take rest breaks

Many people begin to feel ill because they don't take enough time to rest. It's easy to overexert yourself when it's hot outside. Employers should allow workers to rest when they need to and to avoid working during the hottest times of the day.

If you are hurt on the job or suffer a heat-related illness, your workers' compensation insurance should help cover your medical care and lost wages.

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