The summer months in Minnesota can feature significant heat and humidity, which can lead to conditions such as dehydration or heat stroke. Prolonged exposure to the sun can also result in sunburn or other serious health issues. Therefore, it is important to be proactive when it comes to safety planning if you’re working during periods of extreme weather.
How to stay safe when working outside
Take frequent breaks in a shady area where you have access to cool or cold water to drink. If you notice signs of heat stroke such as confusion or insufficient sweating, you should seek help immediately. Muscle cramps may also be a sign that you need to drink more water. You can keep yourself cool by wearing clothing consisting of breathable fabrics and light colors. The lighter colors are helpful because they will reflect more of the sun’s light and heat away from your body.
Adhere to the safety plan
Your employer may require you to wear certain types of clothing on the job site to minimize your risk of getting heat stroke. You may also be required to work with a buddy or carry a radio with you at all times. Adhering to these protocols is important because it may allow you to get help before an emergency situation occurs. It is worth noting that you can still apply for workers’ compensation benefits if you’re hurt at work even if you contributed to your injuries.
If you are hurt at work, you may be entitled to reimbursement for medical bills related to your accident as well as for lost wages. Ideally, you will report an accident and seek treatment within 24 hours of experiencing a concussion, broken bones or other injuries.