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Heat Illness Training Saves a Life

It’s gratifying when employee safety training kicks in and saves a life, as happened in New Orleans, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Workers performing clean-up and recovery work didn’t have long to wait before putting to use the heat stress information they had received in a safety meeting earlier that day.

Observing symptoms of heat illness in a co-worker, they checked his symptoms against heat stress information and provided first aid until emergency responders arrived. The victim was found to be suffering from potentially fatal heat stroke.

Their quick thinking made a life-and-death difference for their co-worker, according to an emergency room physician. He said the worker would have died if treatment hadn’t been started before expert medical help arrived.

“Through foresight, fast thinking and the right information, tragedy can be averted,” says OSHA.

The two most serious forms of heat-related illnesses are heat exhaustion (usually caused by dehydration) and heat stroke, where the body loses its ability to cool itself and body temperature soars to a life-threatening level.

Bongarde Editorial

Bongarde Editorial


  1. Carol Lukasik

    Carol Lukasik, July 14, 2017


    Hi, I clicked the ‘read more’ link from the first page and there was no additional information to read. Is there additional information that you can share such as ways to help an employee with Heat Exhaustion and/or Heat Stroke while waiting for emergency response to arrive. Is there a measurable temperature for a workplace to disallow employees from continuing to work until the environment cools down etc.
    Thanks Carol

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