As Temps Surge Upward, Workers Must Know the Limits

Nationally, in 2014 2,630 workers suffered from heat illnesses and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.

📅   Wed July 06, 2016 - National Edition
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Nationally, in 2014 2,630 workers suffered from heat illnesses and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.
Nationally, in 2014 2,630 workers suffered from heat illnesses and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.

The website Ozarks First is reporting that Despite the heat, people still have to work outside, and those with experience know what to do to beat it.

Nationally, in 2014 2,630 workers suffered from heat illnesses and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.

James Minnicks who is no stranger to the heat after working 13 years in the construction business says, “it wears you out you know. I mean you're going to expect the heat and I mean the heat's going to make you or break you.”

Minnicks tells KOLR10 along with the heat, humidity is another issue for him.

“Being in the construction world, working outside. I mean you got to stay cool.”

Though they are few and far between, Minnicks explains if workers feel or look overworked, his superintendent recommends the workers should head to the shade.

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Kathryn Wall, Springfield -Greene County Health Department Public Health Administrator says,"we don't often see a whole lot of heat illness when it comes to a construction worker because they tend to be acclimated to the heat.”

Wall tells KOLR10 they often see the weekend warriors who do yard work outside in an effort to get a task done.

Source: Ozarks First