As warmer weather makes it possible for work to be completed outdoors, employees often face the risks and potential hazards of the outside elements. Many workers will spend their full day outside to complete tasks unattainable during the winter months. Injuries during the summer work season are very common.
Here is a look at the 5 most common summer related-job injuries:
When working for prolonged periods in the sun, workers can be overcome by conditions caused by the exposure to the sun and excessive heat. When the body heats up to fast and does not have the resources to cool down quickly enough, workers can be at risk for getting sun or heat stroke.
Working in the heat for even short periods of time can result in the dehydration of the body which can lead to serious medical consequences including death. Internal organs can begin to fail after spending too much time in the sun and the heat.
Working in the sun for prolonged periods of time can lead to too much sun exposure on the skin. Not protecting the skin properly can result in sun burns and poisoning or skin cancer.
During the summer months, there is an increase in road construction sites that lead to an increase in injuries to workers. Various reasons for injuries and fatalities may be related to being hit by passing motorists or receiving injuries from work machinery. The same is true for those working in agricultural environments where tractor accidents or incidents involving farm equipment leads to injuries or fatalities.
Slips, Trips and Falls
Injuries from slips and falls are common at anytime but there seems to be an increase in slip/fall cases during the summer months. Broken bones and head injuries can result from accidentally falling in a slippery work area particularly those who work at water-prevalent locations such as boating docks or beaches. Falls are also common in other outdoor locations including at road construction sites and during tree trimming projects. Tripping over outdoor elements or construction site supplies often results in serious work-related injuries.