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Staying safe while working outdoors

On Behalf of | May 4, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

The summer months in Rhode Island have the potential to feature hot temperatures as well as high levels of humidity. If you work outdoors, you may also have to account for thunderstorm hazards such as high winds, lightning and hail. Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to keep yourself safe while working outside during the warm season.

Stay hydrated

Sweat is your body’s way of keeping itself cool while you work in hot and humid conditions. However, when you sweat, you also lose water and other key electrolytes. If you lose too much water, you could go into shock or experience other negative consequences. Therefore, it’s important to drink plenty of water to replenish what your body is losing throughout the day. You should also take plenty of breaks in shady areas to cool down throughout your shift.

Pay attention to the weather

There are many signs that a thunderstorm or inclement weather is headed your way. For instance, you may notice ominous clouds in the sky or that the wind has either picked up or become unusually still. If you hear thunder, it’s generally best to head indoors because it may be accompanied by lightning. If you are hurt during a storm, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that might help you pay medical bills or recoup wages lost while recovering from your injuries.

If you are hurt while on the job, you’re encouraged to file a workers’ compensation claim as quickly as possible. In the event of a serious accident, you may want to seek treatment before doing so. Medical records, witness statements and other evidence may be used to bolster the merits of your claim.