Hyperthermia, or heat stroke, is a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body overheating. Living or working in excessively hot environments is often among the causes of this illness, which is basically a severe form of dehydration where the body eventually overheats.
Common symptoms of hyperthermia
Early warning signs of hyperthermia include, but are not limited to:
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lack of or very heavy sweat
As the condition sets in and body proteins, cells and blood vessels are destroyed, these symptoms are followed by:
- Bizarre, odd behaviour
Unless treated, hyperthermia may eventually kill the affected person.
Most hyperthermia cases can be effectively prevented by drinking plenty of water. Remain in cool, air-conditioned environments and avoid any strenuous activity. Wear light, loose clothing and refrain from consuming alcohol or caffeine.
Should early symptoms develop, get out of the heat and take a cool, not cold, shower or bath and drink lots of water.
Hyperthermia at work
Employers are legally required to prevent accidents at work and work related illnesses. This includes keeping temperatures of working environments at comfortable levels to avoid workers developing hyperthermia.
In working environments where keeping temperatures down to reasonable levels is not an option, workers should be given regular breaks to allow them to cool down and access to plenty of fresh, clean drinking water. This not only helps to prevent hyperthermia, but, as being hot and bothered may lead to potentially dangerous errors and work accidents, will also prevent other work injuries.
When employers fail
Should your employer fail to protect your health and safety by not ensuring temperatures are kept at reasonable levels and you develop hyperthermia or sustain an injury at work because you or a colleague made a mistake due to heat exhaustion or heat stroke, you could be entitled to work injury compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline staff can confirm if you are eligible to claim industrial injury compensation for your work related ill health or injury. Just call our 24/7 helpline and have an informal, confidential chat with one of our law firm’s advisors. Calls are free and, once your claim eligibility has been confirmed, you will be offered the superlative assistance of our in-house legal team.
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Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice