Summer is in full swing! Not only do we spend more time outdoors in our personal lives, but some of us spend more time outdoors in our professional lives as well. Workers are often exposed to various hazards and risks by spending time outdoors. Below are some of the most common summertime work-related injuries:
- Dehydration. Dehydration is a serious health concern that occurs when too much water is lost from the body and not replaced. Excessive sweating is a big indicator that dehydration is imminent. A work injury can happen quickly if the body’s temperature rises because it is trying to cool off through sweating.
- Skin conditions. For those who work outside, skin conditions that develop from sun exposure are a very real work hazard. Sun burns happen when the skin is no longer naturally able to protect itself. Burns can cause reddened skin, blisters, fever, chills, and in the most extreme cases, shock.
- Slips, trips, and falls. These can happen at any time of the year, but these accidents can result in serious injuries. Breaks and head injuries can happen from a fall.
- Hyperthermia. When the body heats up too fast and can’t cool itself down, workers can be at risk for heat stroke or sun stroke. Heat-related illness is very serious and symptoms include dizziness, muscle cramps, seizures, nausea, headaches, among others.
- Motor vehicle accidents. Work related motor vehicle accidents can occur at anytime of the year. Many road construction projects, however, happen during the warmer months and can present an increased risk of an accident.
If you were injured on the job, first and foremost be sure to report your injury to your immediate supervisor or manager and see the medical providers they have established (if any).