The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers to protect workers exposed to high temperatures.
The agency says most heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable.
In 2014, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.
Jeff Funke, OSHA Area Director in Omaha, says employers need to understand heat exhaustion.
“Anyone that works outside has the greatest risk,” Funke tells Nebraska Radio Network, “because they are working outside where it’s not air conditioned, the humidity is not controlled, there is a radiant level from the sun, and often times they are exerting themselves and creating more heat.”
Funke says employers are required to provide drinking water to crews working outside, but they should also hold training session on avoiding heat-related illnesses.
Another suggestion is allowing the body to get used to working in hotter temperatures.
“If you have someone who comes to work who is new, they need to toughen up for the heat,” Funke says. “They need to be able to maybe work a partial shift, instead of a full eight hours.”