Each and every year, when the outdoor summer temperatures start to rise, so too does the frequency of heat-related injuries. When you are in the pool or relaxing on the beach, these temps can feel amazing. However, if you are an outdoor worker that has to endure the heat and humidity during long workdays, it can be incredibly dangerous.
Below are some basic tips that can help a worker stay as safe as possible in the summer heat:
According to U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration, in 2012, 31 workers in the United States died from heat-related work injuries and 4,120 suffered serious heat-related illnesses or injuries. We recommend reading their safety guidelines on taking care of yourself while working in high temperatures.
The company you are working for should make sure many of these guidelines are followed. However, if they do not, you may need to consider legal action. These heat deaths and injuries can be avoided if basic safety precautions are put into practice!
Do you work outside in the winter? Cold stress injuries can be just as dangerious and debilitating as the heat.