Two workers have been hospitalised with heat-related illnesses during the Northern Territory’s first heatwave of 2023, with NT WorkSafe urging employers to identify and manage heat-related hazards and risks.
In one case, a teenage apprentice who’d been working on a roof the previous day was diagnosed with heat stroke, after exhibiting erratic behaviour and making mistakes at work the following day.
Another worker collapsed picking mangoes and was treated for dehydration.
NT WorkSafe has emphasised the importance of maintaining a body temperature of around 37 degrees Celsius, and is calling on employers to proactively address heat-related risks and safeguard workers' well-being during elevated temperatures.
Our website also contains great advice on UV exposure safety, including information from our webinar, a poster and our response to commonly asked questions. You can also find out more about the OHS implications of working in heat here.