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Workers' compensation in the event of North Carolina heat stress

During the summer months, employers and officials all around the country are concerned about protecting workers from heat stress. Unfortunately, a person in North Carolina who is overexposed to heat can ultimately experience serious heat-related illnesses. While people who fall victim to the heat may qualify for workers' compensation insurance benefits, officials nationwide are issuing tips on avoiding it.

One state has recently issued a statement regarding how to best protect workers from illnesses related to the heat, but these tips apply to all employees who work outside during the summer. Agricultural workers, those who work in roofing and construction workers may be the most at risk for such an illness. Overexposure could result in fainting, heat exhaustion, cramps and nausea. In some cases, workers may experience a potentially fatal condition called heat stroke.

There are some steps to help prevent illnesses related to heat. Employers can educate employees about the signs of overexposure to the heat as well as have an emergency response plan in place. Other steps include encouraging workers to stay hydrated, avoid large meals and caffeine and remove protective gear when safe to do so. Additionally, all employees can keep an eye out for each other, looking for signs of overexposure.

Unfortunately, even North Carolina workers who follow this advice can become sick, resulting in medical expenses and lost wages. If so, they may be entitled to workers' compensation insurance benefits to help them cope with these financial burdens. In the event of a fatality, these benefits can extend to certain loved ones. An attorney with experience with such claims can help victims and their loved ones seek fair compensation.

Source: ohsonline.com, "Workers Warned About Heat Stress", Aug. 4, 2017

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