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On behalf of Koszdin, Fields & Sherry posted in Workplace injuries on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

When you go to work each day, you should be able to expect safe working conditions. While some jobs are more hazardous than others, employers should always ensure their workers have the equipment and training they need. Many people do not realize that California regulators require employers to take certain steps to prevent heat-related illnesses. At Koszdin, Fields & Sherry, our Los Angeles workplace injury attorneys want to discuss these regulations.

You should always be protected

Many workers in California are exposed to high temperatures on a regular basis. This includes both indoor and outdoor jobs. Consider some of the following jobs that require workers to be in hot conditions regularly:

  • Manufacturing
  • Agriculture
  • Lifeguarding
  • Roofers
  • Oil and gas extraction

The list could go on and on, and you should know that these workers have protections mandated by the state. In California, workers are required to take the following steps to prevent heat illness:


All employees and supervisors have to have heat illness prevention training.


Every worker must be provided with fresh water so that each employee can drink at least one quart of water per hour or four 8-ounce glasses of water per hour. They should encourage employees to drink water.


Employers must provide access to shade and encourage their workers to take a cool-down rest in the shade for at least five minutes. They need to encourage workers not to wait until they feel sick to cool down.


Employers must develop and implement written procedures for complying with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention guidelines.

Heat can cause serious health issues

There are two types of heat illnesses we need to be concerned about – heat exhaustion and heatstroke.

Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms include a rapid pulse and heavy sweating. Without prompt medical attention, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke. Heatstroke is a condition that commonly leads to unconsciousness caused by the failure of the body’s natural temperature-regulating mechanism. This condition occurs when the body’s core temperate rises to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Those who experience heat stroke often suffer from an altered mental state, nausea and vomiting, flushed skin, headache, rapid breathing, and more. This can be deadly if left untreated.

Let us help you secure the compensation you deserve

If you or someone you care about has suffered from a work heat-related illness or injury, you may need to secure legal assistance. At Koszdin, Fields & Sherry, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to help you get through this. We will investigate what happened in your case and work to secure the compensation you deserve, including:

  • Coverage of all medical bills related to the incident
  • Your rightful compensation if you cannot work
  • Loss of future earnings and earning potential
  • Possible temporary or permanent disability benefits

When you need a Los Angeles work injuries attorney, you can reach out to us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 800-747-3447.

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