Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 35̊C. You may be at risk of developing hypothermia if you are travelling to cold countries, you are involved in outdoor pursuits, such as hiking or cycling in the mountains or you work outdoors. If you suffer injuries or illness as a result of accidents at work, you may be eligible for work injury compensation.
Who is at risk of hypothermia?
If you work outdoors or you spend prolonged periods of time in the great outdoors as part of your job, you may be at risk of developing hypothermia; examples may include:
- construction workers
- agricultural workers
- park keepers and rangers
- professional climbers and skiers
- mountain rescue teams
Common signs of hypothermia include shivering, fast heartbeat and paleness, which give way to vigorous shaking, lethargy, confusion and loss of consciousness as the condition progresses.
How is hypothermia treated?
The aim of treatment for hypothermia is to prevent any more heat being lost from the body; it is important to increase body temperature gently and gradually, as doing so quickly can cause a sudden drop in blood pressure. If you come across somebody with hypothermia at work, move them to a warm, safe place, give them a hot drink and some high-energy food, such as a chocolate bar, and cover them in a warm blanket, taking extra care to protect their head and torso from the cold. If they are wearing wet clothing, gently remove and replace with dry clothes before placing a blanket, coats or towels on them.
Is it possible to claim for hypothermia?
If you suffer from work-related illness, such as hypothermia, and this results from your employer’s negligence, for example failure to call off a job despite adverse weather conditions or failure to supply the relevant protective clothing or equipment, you may be able to claim work illness compensation. Compensation can help to ease financial pressure caused by taking time off work.
Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in handling work accident claims and our expert team could help you get the work injury payout you deserve without any stress. The majority of clients do not have to attend court proceedings and most of the information required by the personal injury lawyers can be collected via email or telephone.
Call us today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, for more information.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice