- Cramping and pain, usually in the legs or abdomen
- Heavy sweating
Besides being unpleasant on its own, heat cramps are a warning sign that heat exhaustion could be coming. This second level of heat illness can cause:
- Dizziness and light-headedness
- Nauseand vomiting
- Cool, moist skin
- Dark urine
The final phase of heat illness is heatstroke, which is very serious and potentially fatal. Symptoms of heatstroke include:
- Fever above 104 degrees
- Irrational behavior
- Extreme confusion
- Dry, hot and red skin
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Rapid, weak pulse
Heat illness usually can be prevented with precautions, like the breaks and fluids mentioned above, plus avoiding heavy physical activity during especially hot weather. However, heat exhaustion and heatstroke can still occur. Even when the victim survives, he or she may need to take a long time to recover.
We hope all our readers stay safe on the job this summer. But if a workplace accident, illness or injury happens, they may qualify for workers’ compensation to help pay the resulting costs.