Get a FREE Case Review
Call Today: (800) 559-5741
Available 24 Hours, 7 Days A Week

Ncdol Warns Employers About Dangers Of Extreme Heat For Employees

Men on Construction SiteNow that summer has officially arrived, our North Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys know how important it is for employers to take proper precautions for their employees who are forced to work outside in extreme heat and humidity.

The North Carolina Department of Labor (NCDOL) is being proactive in its heat awareness campaign of 2012, after there were four documented heat related deaths on the job in 2011. According to NCDOL records, this was the first time that there had been any heat related deaths since 2006. Overall, North Carolina had an increase in workplace deaths as they rose from 50 in 2010 to 53 in 2011. Construction led all sectors with 16. North Carolina Labor Commissioner, Cherie Berry, warns that the extreme heat and humidity creates a dangerous mix for workers and asks that employers be aware of ways to avoid heat induced injuries.

The NCDOL says that a major contributor to any heat related injury is dehydration. Various injuries can result from dehydration, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion, a heat stroke or even death. It recommend that workers drink eight ounces of water every 15 minutes or so and warn that drinks containing caffeine or alcohol do not provide the hydration necessary to avoid injury.

Warning signs and symptoms of onset of serious heat related injuries for employers and workers includes the following:

• Dizziness and weakness
• Upset stomach and vomiting
• Dry and hot skin
• Mental confusion and loss of consciousness
• Seizures and convulsions

Employers can aid in the prevention of heat related injuries by starting and stopping work earlier, providing water coolers on all vehicles and keeping water on job sites. Regardless of the precautions taken, heat related injuries are bound to happen to people on construction sites who are exposed to the elements. An injury resulting from heat exposure is no different than other on the job injuries, as far as the North Carolina workers’ compensation law is concerned. All entitle an injured worker to medical benefits, weekly compensation benefits or fatal benefits to survivors.

If you, a family member or a friend have suffered from a heat related injury or lost a loved one due to a heat related death, you need to seek the advice of an attorney experienced in handling North Carolina workers’ compensation cases.

At Auger & Auger, our attorneys have nearly 40 years of experience handling a wide array of personal injury cases, including workers’ compensation. We can explain what your rights are under the North Carolina workers’ compensation law and answer any questions you have.

For your convenience, we have three offices in Charlotte, as well as two others in Greensboro and Raleigh.

Please contact us to schedule an appointment for a confidential, no obligation consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss your case. We handle cases on a contingency basis. This means that you do not owe our firm a fee unless we are able to recover money damages for you.

Other Resources:

Labor department warns of heat-related illness, The Times-Dispatch, Article by Rebekah Cansler McGee, May 15, 2012

Related Blog Posts:

Middle School Principal Entitled To Workers’ Comp Benefits After Being Shot, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, April12, 2012

Fatal Accidents In The Workplace On The Rise, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 17, 2012

The list of prior client settlement results and client reviews/testimonials, do not constitute a promise of any particular result in any particular case, as each and every case is unique. Each case was handled on its own merit, and the outcome of any case cannot be predicted by a lawyer or law firms past results.

If a recovery or settlement by trial is made, the client will be responsible for costs advanced in addition to attorney fees. Client remains responsible for costs, expenses and disbursements, including medical bills, within the scope of representation. The attorney’s contingency percentage will be computed prior to the deduction of expenses from the total recovery.

The principal office for Auger & Auger Law Firm is located at 717 S. Torrence St., Suite 101, Charlotte, NC. The attorneys and staff of Auger & Auger Law Firm work and process all of the firm’s files at the principal office location in Charlotte, NC. Other office locations listed on our website are satellite offices that are not staffed daily. Satellite offices are operated for the convenience of our clients and who live outside of the Charlotte, NC metro area and are unable to meet with us at our principal office location. All meetings at our satellite offices must be made by appointment only. Phone numbers for satellite offices forward to our principle office location in Charlotte, NC. Protection Status