The summer is hot, especially in certain parts of California. For workers who must be outside for the majority of their day, the heat can be a dangerous threat to their health and safety. It's smart for workers to know their rights when working outside and how to stay as safe as reasonably possible. Workers will also find it useful to understand the workers' compensation process in case they need to file a claim due to heat-related illnesses.
This is the time of year when the summer harvest is coming in, which means there are more farm and agricultural workers outdoors. It has also been a summer of higher-than-normal temperatures, and heat safety has become a pressing concern. For more than a decade, state law has required that employers provide adequately shaded areas for breaks.
Without proper protection and safety measures, the people who work outdoors are susceptible to certain types of illnesses, such as heatstroke or exhaustion. Severe dehydration can also cause significant issues, and having access to water is important. Unfortunately, many employers do not make the effort to ensure that shaded areas are adequate or big enough to allow workers to take the breaks they need.
In the event that a worker experiences physical injuries or types of sicknesses that are a result of heat or sun exposure, it could be grounds to file a workers' compensation claim. A worker has the right to safety as well as adequate recovery after a work accident or work-related injury. A complete assessment of the case can allow a California worker to understand his or her rights.