Heat exposure, dehydration, and workplace injuries
Heat exposure and dehydration can lead to a variety of dangerous situations in the workplace. Not only have heat and dehydration been connected to heat exhaustion, cramps, fainting, and heat stroke, but they can also cause fall accidents and equipment operation accidents.
Blurred vision, dizziness, fatigue, disorientation, and sweaty palms are all symptoms of heat exposure and dehydration. Another common problem associated with heat exposure in the workplace is fogged safety glasses. All of these can lead to accidents and serious injury.
Statistics show that a dehydration level of 2 percent of an individual’s body weight impairs vision and a dehydration level of 4 percent of body weight causes a 23 percent reduction in reaction time. Furthermore, data shows that about 80 percent of people wake up in the morning dehydrated.
Heat-related workplace accidents and injuries can occur in both indoor and outdoor workplaces. Contact the Raleigh workplace injury lawyers of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC at 919-851-3311 today, if you or someone you love has been injured in a workplace accident.