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Construction worker dies from heat stroke.

Minnesota Department of Health
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, FACE 93MN009, 1993 Oct; :1-4
A 31-year-old male concrete construction laborer (victim) died of heat stroke near the end of a hot summer work day. The temperature was 88 degrees on the day of the incident, about 6 degrees higher than average. Water was provided for workers on the construction site at all times. The victim had been pouring concrete sidewalks and curbs along a city roadway for about nine hours. The crew foreman instructed him to lay in the shade of a nearby tree after he complained of not feeling well; he rested in the shade for approximately ten minutes. When he got up to return to work saying that he felt all right, he began staggering, became incoherent, and was obviously unaware of his actions. Ice was applied to the victim's neck, and a passing police squad was flagged down. The victim's condition deteriorated rapidly, progressing to unconsciousness after ambulance personnel arrived. He was transported to a hospital, where he died about an hour later. MN FACE investigators concluded that, in order to prevent similar occurrences, the following guidelines should be followed: 1. workers should be acclimatized to working in hot environmental conditions, especially when it is necessary for them to perform heavy physical labor; and 2. scheduled rest periods should be provided for workers performing tasks in hot environmental conditions.
Region-5; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Heat-stroke; Heat-stress; Heat-exhaustion; Heat-exposure
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-93MN009; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-507283
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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Minnesota Department of Health
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