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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for work injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by work injuries.

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Dallas, Texas Work Accident Attorney – August Temperatures in Texas Pose a Risk of Heat-Related Injury to Outdoor Workers in Construction & Other Industries

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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With August 2017 halfway over, the concern for construction workers and others who work outside is not over for the summer. Heat-related illnesses and fatalities can easily occur if proper precautions are not taken in 100-degree weather. The State Senate in Texas considered a bill earlier this year that would have required construction crews to be given a 15-minute break every 4 hours. The bill was never was voted on. Fortunately, many employers are taking precautions to protect workers from the dangerous heat. There is also help from the Department of Labor’s Occupations Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

An app was created by OSHA just for outdoor workers. It’s called the “heat index app,” and it lets you know the feels-like temperature as well as what precautions should be taken, in order to avoid a heat-related injury or a deadly heat sroke.

Construction workers and those in other industries who work outdoors are at greater risk than many may realize, since they are also exerting themselves in the heat. A new worker who hasn’t been working in the heat before is typically given special considerations, since it can take the body a few days to adjust to working in such circumstances.

At an Austin construction company, a manager for Environmental Health and Safety says that each morning workers gather to discuss and identify symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The manager makes regular checks of the crew members throughout high-temperature days, to ensure that the workers are getting plenty of hydration and taking breaks in the shade. In addition, the workers are strongly urged to look out for one another.

National statistics show that 2,630 workers in the U.S. suffered from heat-related illnesses and 18 workers died from heat stroke while on the job in 2014.

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Work Injury Attorney Dallas – Extreme Heat in Summer Demands Safety Steps for Texas Employers

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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All year around, employers have a responsibility to provide workers with a safe workplace environment. When a job involves outdoor work in summer, extreme caution is necessary. Heat-related injuries and fatalities occur every year, though they are virtually always considered preventable. Texas employers will hopefully avoid placing workers in circumstances that allegedly took the life of a 59-year-old man in 2015 in Houston, Texas. The man had been hired for the day to sort aluminum cans, but the heat was excessive. According to OSHA area director Joann Figueroa, the man died of heat illness at a recycling company based in Houston. The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been waging annual campaigns to prevent heat illness and heat-related fatalities among outdoor workers. The following information regarding heat stress is from OSHA.

Why is heat hazardous to workers?

In a hot environment, the body must get rid of excess heat, in order to maintain a stable internal temperature. Sweating and circulating blood to the skin are the main ways the body does this. If the air temperature is too close to or warmer than normal body temperature, however, it becomes more difficult to cool the body. The blood that is circulated to the skin can’t lose the extra heat. Sweating is only effective if the humidity level is low enough to allow for evaporation and if salts and fluids that are lost in the heat are replaced adequately.

If the body is unable to get rid of excess heat, it begins storing it. This causes the heart rate to increase and the core temperature to rise. A person in this condition will begin having trouble concentrating and focusing on tasks. He or she may become sick or irritable. The desire to drink is often lost. There are various other symptoms, including fainting. If a person isn’t cooled in time, death can occur.

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