July is the warmest month in Indiana when the average daytime temperature
rises to 85.6°F. But both July and August months can see days that
swelter into triple-digit temperatures affecting large areas of the state.
This hotter weather can trigger dangerous conditions for Hoosiers working
in outdoor operations conducted in hot weather and direct sun. In fact,
every year thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure
caused by extreme hot weather or humid conditions. In addition, more than
40 percent of heat-related worker deaths occur in the
construction injury, but workers in every field are susceptible. Indiana workers who are employed
by farming operations, construction, oil and gas well operations, asbestos
removal, road repair, landscaping, emergency response operations, and
hazardous waste site activities, have an increased risk of heat-related
illness, injury and death during Indiana’s hottest months.
Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free
of known safety hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor’s
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers these reminders to employers to take precautions and keep
workers safe before a heat wave begins.
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces
for their employees. Workers exposed to high temperatures should be aware
of their employer’s heat illness prevention program.
We are hopeful that more employers follow educational prevention programs
to help reduce the number of worksite deaths and injuries due to heat
related work environments this summer.
If you have been injured on the job because of an employer’s lack
of providing a safe and healthful workplace during extreme heat or in
a risky environment, give our
work injury attorneys at call at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.