Workers exposed to the high temperatures of summer often sustain work-related injuries and illnesses, causing a spike in workers’ compensation reports during this season. Employers are required to provide a safe working environment for their employees and may be held liable if they do not take proper protective action. Some of the increased injuries and illnesses that may occur in the summer include:
Heat exhaustion is more likely to occur because of increased temperatures and strenuous activity. Additionally, heat-related illnesses may occur due to buildings getting hotter due to the sun and more UV rays. Employees who suffer from heat exhaustion may exhibit some of the following symptoms:
- Elevated body temperature
- Presence of headaches or migraines
- Feelings of nausea
- Muscle cramps
Individuals who suffer a work-related injury may discuss their case with a workers comp lawyer to pursue compensation for the injuries that they have suffered on the job. OSHA regulations require employers to take preventative measures to guard against the possibility of a high-temperature related work injury.
Dehydration is more likely to occur in the summer because there is more water lost through the body because of more sweat. Workers can guard against dehydration by drinking plenty of fluids, especially water, throughout the day. Taking occasional breaks also helps the body temperature cool down more slowly.
Trips and Falls
Trips and falls occur every season of the year regardless of weather. However, some seasons pose an increased risk of trips and falls. For example, the winter is associated with a higher number of injuries due to snow and ice. However, the summer can also pose additional risks and can cause more slips and falls than the winter months. This is due to such factors as an increased amount of physical activity during this season, wet surfaces from water and sweat and outdoor debris that poses a tripping hazard.
More accidents occur during the summer months. This is likely due to a number of factors, including more construction occurring during the summer, more inexperienced drivers on the road because school is out, more motorcycles and recreational vehicles being on the roadway and distractions that take drivers’ attention off the road.
When an employee is injured while driving for a work-related purpose, he or she may pursue workers compensation. Generally, compensation is not available while commuting to or from work, but compensation might be for running an errand.