Heat stroke, heat-related injuries discussed at Safety Stand-Down
Around 2,630 workers got sick of heat illness while 18 others lost their lives due to heat stroke and related causes while performing their work duties all across the United States in 2014 – afflictions which could have been prevented.
In a bid to raise awareness about the perils of heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), employers, and trade associations participated in a one-hour Safety Stand-Down at construction sites and workplaces in eight Southern states between June 27, 2016 and July 1, 2016.
OSHA’s regional administrator for the Southeast, Kurt Petermeyer, said people who are in danger of suffering from a heat stroke are those whose jobs are connected with industries such as agriculture, construction, baggage-handling, roofing, and landscaping, noting that they should be aware of the dangers of working in extremely hot weather.
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