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Workplace injuries that increase during the summer

Workplace injuries and fatalities can strike at any time. According to a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Iowa saw 47 transportation incidents lead to fatalities in 2016. Slip and falls accounted for 20 fatalities, while contact with equipment resulted in 14 fatalities that year. 

Although injuries can occur at any time, there is a signficant increase in the number of certain injuries that occur during the summer. Seasonal workers in addition to regular employees need to be aware of the threats excessive heat can bring so in order to adequately avoid these hazards. 

Dehydration

Everyone should drink around eight glasses of water every day, but people who work outside in the sun need to drink even more. The signs of dehydration include headaches, dry skin and fatigue. Employees should have water readily accessible at all times, and employers should make sure to give workers enough breaks to get out of the sun and rehydrate. 

Hyperthermia

Many people refer to hyperthermia as heat stroke. Working in the heat for hours on end can cause certain bodily functions to shut down. Drinking water can also also reduce the likelihood of someone suffering from hyperthermia. Other preventive actions to take include resting in the shade periodically. Additionally, people should not work alone when outside in the heat, because if someone faints, then prompt action is necessary. 

Motor vehicle accidents

Studies show car accidents are more likely to happen during the summer months. In many places around the state and country, municipalities schedule more road work during the summer. Workers on the road can sustain an injury from a passing automobile. 

Sunburn

When most people receive a sunburn, it is nothing serious. However, it is possible for people to receive second- and third-degree burns from spending too much time out in the sun. It is important for employees to wear plenty of protection, such as hats and long-sleeve clothing, and workers should apply sunscreen throughout the day. 

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