Heat and lightning are two hazards that South Carolina employers as well as their employees need to be aware of during the summer months. Hot and humid weather tends to have adverse effects on those who aren’t used to working in such weather or aren’t given enough resources to protect against the elements. Employers can help workers stay safe by making sure that they have a chance to rest in the shade and have plenty of water handy.
Those who are new or who haven’t worked in hot and humid weather in awhile should be given time to acclimate themselves. OSHA says that the many workplace deaths related to heat involve those who had been working for a company three days or less. Hot and humid weather may result in thunderstorms that cause lightning without much warning. Employers are urged to read a weather report before scheduling outdoor work.
Signs of possible thunderstorms including increasing winds and dark clouds. Lightning can occur up to 10 miles from a thunderstorm, which means that workers could be at risk even if there are no immediate signs. If caught in severe weather, workers are encouraged to seek shelter in a building that has plumbing and electrical wiring as they can act as grounds for any lightning that does strike.
People who are injured on the job may have to miss work for prolonged periods while they are receiving medical care and treatment. Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance that can provide certain financial and other benefits to injured employees. An attorney can often be of assistance in preparing the required claim and filing it on a timely basis.