California may be home to some of the best beaches, but with that also comes extreme summer heat. That heat creates a new set of concerns for heat-related health issues. For those who work outside, exhausting work conditions may lead to workplace injuries.
California lawmakers are taking the extreme temperatures into account as new regulations are being considered to protect farm workers and others that work outside. Recent reports by regulators show at least two deaths this year were likely heat-related. Simple provisions such as water and shade are vaguely required for anyone working outside above a certain temperature.
Official's state that an increase in awareness and enforcement have resulted in reports of higher compliance in recent years. Regardless, there are several injuries and deaths that occur every year that could be avoided. One bill under consideration would make it mandatory to have water within 10 feet of every worker and shade within 200 feet.
Due to current California regulations being under review for safety standards, it is important that workers in the fields be alert to avoid workplace injuries. The effects of heat-related illnesses can be debilitating if left untreated.
Fortunately, workers' compensation benefits are intended to cover workers who are injured or fall ill on the job, and the right assistance may help make a seemingly complicated and sometimes contradictory claims process go smoothly. San Diego residents who have been injured on the job would be wise to consult with an experienced attorney. An attorney will work hard to get workplace injury victims the compensation they are entitled to.
Source: Bloomburg Businessweek, "Calif. weighs tougher heat rules for farmworkers," Gosia Wozniacka, Aug. 20, 2012