Workers Safe from the HeatAt Hanning & Sacchetto, LLP, our Whittier workers’ compensation attorneys know that California is no stranger to warehouse and fulfillment centers. In fact, Amazon alone surpassed 153,000 full- and part-time employees here in California. This means Amazon now employs more people in California than in any other state.

This has led to first-of-its-kind legislation from California lawmakers that would give Amazon and other warehouse workers new power to fight speed quotas, which critics say have forced workers to skip bathroom breaks and skirt safety measures.

Now, Amazon warehouse workers are raising red flags again about rising outside temperatures leading to the potential for danger inside their workplaces. Workers are asking lawmakers to enforce stronger workplace temperature standards, as complaints of headaches, nosebleeds, and fainting grow in the summer months.

The National Safety Council recognizes June as National Safety Month, highlighting heat-related illnesses as a large area of concern.

Here, our Los Angeles County workers’ compensation attorneys outline the signs of excessive heat illnesses to help keep workers safe throughout the state.

How to Identify Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses in the California Workplace

Heat-related illnesses can escalate rapidly, and even lead to death. It is important to listen to your body, especially as temperatures rise throughout California. If you are involved in physical activity in the heat, changes in how you feel may be an indicator of heat stress.

Stop and take a break if you experience:

  • Dizziness and/or headache.
  • Fatigue.
  • Low abdominal pain.
  • Nausea.
  • Pulse higher than usual for the activity.
  • Sore or painful muscles or cramps.
  • Thirst.

Knowing the symptoms and proper response to heat-related illnesses can save a life. If your job requires you to work in conditions where the hot weather is a factor, you can take precautions to minimize the risk of heat-related illnesses.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends:

  • Working shorter shifts until workers have adjusted to the heat.
  • Staying hydrated and drinking before you get thirsty.
  • Watch out for co-workers exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
  • Take time to rest and cool down.

Contact our Worker Compensation Attorney at Hanning & Sacchetto Today

At Hanning & Sacchetto, our California workers’ compensation attorneys want everyone to stay safe at work this summer. However, we know that workplace hazards can impact employees’ livelihoods across the state — especially in the hot summer months.

If you have suffered a workplace injury or illness and are facing claim challenges from the Division of Workers’ Compensation, contact our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys in Whittier today by calling (562) 698-6446 to schedule a free consultation.

We can help build your case by learning more about how your workplace incident occurred, so we can pursue the benefits you need to focus on your physical recovery.