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Summer Workers’ Comp Dangers: Recognizing Dehydration

Summer Workers’ Comp Dangers: Recognizing DehydrationAs we went over in our previous post, summer brings about plenty of Workers’ Compensation Insurance risks, especially for those who work outdoors in sweltering temperatures. In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at how you can recognize the signs of dehydration and fatigue in order to protect your employees while on the job. Even more importantly, your employees can recognize their own risks, and make every effort to protect themselves, which, in turn, will minimize your losses and protect your bottom line.

What causes dehydration?

According to Medicine Net, Dehydration occurs when the amount of water leaving the body is greater than the amount being taken in. The body is very dynamic and always changing. This is especially true with water in the body. We lose water routinely when we:

  • Breathe and humidified air leaves the body (this can be seen on a cold day when you can see your breath in the air, which is just water that has been exhaled);
  • Sweat to cool the body; and
  • Eliminate waste by urinating or having a bowel movement.

What are the symptoms of dehydration?

The stages of dehydration can go from minor to severe quickly. Here are the early signs:

  • Thirst
  • Darker color of urine, or reduced need to go

Then, more severe symptoms start to occur, including:

  • Cramps
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle palpitations
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Lightheadedness

How to prevent dehydration.

If your employees start to feel any of these symptoms, it’s important for them to manage them sooner rather than later. Have them take a break, cool down in the shade, and consume plenty of fresh water. Dehydration has the potential to cause serious health effects, but preventing and controlling it is simple. If these solutions are not helping, your employees should seek medical attention right away.

About ASIA Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation insurance is required in most states, but that doesn’t mean all coverages are created equally. An experienced carrier with aggressive claims management can reduce the overall costs to the business and get the employee back to work in a timely manner. Associated Specialty Insurance Agency, Inc. has been “The Workers’ Compensation Specialist for Brokers and Agents” for the past two decades and is committed to providing brokers and insurance agents across the East Coast with expertise and services to develop a Workers’ Compensation policy. For more information about how we can assist you with claims management, anti-fraud measures, and more, call (610) 543-5510 to speak with one of our professionals.

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