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We don’t get much of a winter in Florida, but we can always count on summer to bring the heat. While this may be a beach-goer’s delight, rising temperatures also signal an increased risk of work-related construction injuries for our Orlando construction workers.
In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, summer months see more work injuries than any other time of the year, with the highest occurrences of injuries in June, July and August.
While construction at any time of year comes with inherent risks, working outdoors in Florida during the summer months exposes workers to:
- Heat exhaustion
- Heat stroke
- Severe sunburn
- Sun poisoning.
It’s important for construction workers, especially those who are new and inexperienced, to be mindful of the elements and to always take basic safety precautions to prevent these heat-related illnesses.
Before you begin your work outdoors, you should be fully prepared with all of the knowledge and equipment necessary to prevent and detect the onset of heat-related illnesses. It has even been suggested by OSHA that new workers should take up to two weeks acclimating to the weather changes before taking on a full work load in order to prevent heat-related injuries.
Unfortunately, accidents will still happen. If you have suffered a construction accident, whether heat-related or otherwise, our experienced Orlando construction accident attorneys can evaluate your claim to help you determine the compensation to which you may be entitled.
To schedule a consultation with a Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter construction accident attorney, contact our Florida firm online or by phone at (407) 712-7300 today.