Summer safety tips for people who work outside – 2012

Workers compensation Michigan lawyer offers suggestions for staying safe while working outside in the summer months.

Happy first day of summer! Here are some suggestions on how to stay safe during the warmer months.

The best way to avoid getting hurt outside is through common sense. Many work-related injuries can be avoided with proper training and basic prevention.

The health and safety of Michigan employees should always come first. Unfortunately, we see many employers who would rather save money than provide a safe work environment.

Wear appropriate clothing

Keep your body cool by wearing appropriate clothing. Heat exhaustion can be a serious medical condition and you should not take a chance with your life. Wearing a hat can keep the sun off your head and prevent sunburns. Sunglasses can protect your eyes from potentially damaging UV radiation.

Use safety equipment

If you are operating equipment such as a lawn mower or leaf blower, you could damage your hearing. Find a good set of ear protection and use it every time you work. Also, consider wearing safety glasses to protect your eyes from flying debris.

Take a break indoors

Sometimes the best thing you can do is take a break indoors. Even the air conditioning in your car could provide you with some relief. Watch out for signs and symptoms of heat stroke as this could be a serious emergency. If you do not feel well, tell a manager or supervisor immediately.

Stay hydrated by drinking water

Dehydration can be a serious issue in the summer months. You might not even realize that you have a problem until you start to feel ill. Don’t count on your employer to provide you with fluids. Bring your own drinking water if necessary.

Sunscreen is not just for kids

Sunburns don’t just hurt but could also cause future skin problems. Regular use of sunscreen is a good idea and it’s not just for children. It’s also a good idea to have regular appointments with a dermatologist who can check your skin.

Think ahead

Make sure you know how to safely operate tools and equipment provided by your employer. Get training in first aid and know how to deal with a medical emergency. Lifting and twisting can cause a serious back problem. Use proper lifting techniques and ask for help when necessary.

To speak with one of our workers compensation Michigan lawyers, call (855) 221-2667 for a free consultation. There is no fee unless workers compensation benefits are recovered for you.

Alex Berman is the founder of Michigan Workers Comp Lawyers. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 35 years.  Alex has helped countless people obtain workers compensation benefits and never charges a fee to evaluate a case.

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