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Work Injuries Increase During the Summer Months

Many workers are injured during the summer for a variety of reasons – most having to do with the warmer weather and seasonal job opportunities. Some of the common reasons workplace accidents occur in the summer include:

  • Construction accidents. Construction companies often avoid or limit the work they due in the winter because it’s simply too cold to work outside. In the summer, workers can work without having to wear jackets or sweaters. The hours are also longer in the summer so companies can offer overtime pay or pay part-time workers.
  • Agriculture work. The warm weather season is the prime time for harvesting and picking fruit, vegetables, and wheat. Once the produce and products are packaged, they need to be shipped so they don’t spoil.
  • Car accidents. Traffic is often more intense in the summer because drivers who aren’t going to work are going to the shore, the mountains, or just enjoying their vacations.
  • Slip and fall. Workers who work outdoors are often likely to slip and fall over uneven surfaces and loose objects. A fall can easily cause someone to hurt their back, neck or spine.
  • Heat stress. Working in heat without enough hydration can cause stroke and other complications
  • Exertion injuries. Workers who push the hours they work to take advantage of the summer daylight can hurt themselves. Their tiredness can make it easier to pull a muscle. Fatigued workers often lose focus which can lead to accidents

Some of the types of summertime injuries

  • Slip and fall. Workers who work outdoors are often likely to slip and fall over uneven surfaces and loose objects. A fall can easily cause someone to hurt their back, neck or spine.
  • Heat stress. Working in heat without enough hydration can cause stroke and other complications
  • Exertion injuries. Workers who push the hours they work to take advantage of the summer daylight can hurt themselves. Their tiredness can make it easier to pull a muscle. Fatigued workers often lose focus which can lead to accidents

Safety precautions

Employers and employees should consider the following safety precautions

  • Drink plenty of liquids and stay hydrated
  • Limit the hours in the hot sun
  • Encourage workers to take breaks from the heat
  • Make sure the air-condition if the office or indoor facility is working
  • Make sure the worker is properly dressed for working outside

DISCLAIMER

This blog does not constitute medical advice. Workers with workers’ compensation claims should seek legal counsel.

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