Summer is a time of fun and relaxation. However, it also presents unique risks for workers whose jobs take them outdoors during the summer months. Many jobs cannot be done outside during the cooler months, leaving workers vulnerable to the weather and other hazards that can lead to summer work injuries.
Heat-related summer injuries
Workers exposed to the sun for prolonged periods of time are vulnerable to a host of heat stress injuries. Hyperthermia is an abnormally high body temperature caused by the body’s inability to acclimate to high temperatures. There are a range of hyperthermia-related conditions ranging from heat rash – the least mild, to heat stroke – the most serious.
Heat stroke happens when a person’s body temperature reaches around 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Symptoms of heat stroke include a strong and rapid pulse, lack of sweating, flushed color to the skin, and mental confusion or dizziness. Without immediate care, heat stroke can be life-threatening. Workers showing signs of heat illness should move to a cooler location immediately, drink water, shower with cool water, or place wet towels on their body.
Dehydration is another factor that contributes to summer work injuries. Signs of dehydration include dizziness, thirst, dry-skin, sunken eyes, and fainting. Left untreated, dehydration can lead to seizures, brain damage, and may even be fatal in some cases. Workers that are exposed to the sun and high temperatures during the summer months should increase their water intake throughout the day and monitor themselves for symptoms of dehydration.
Vehicle-related summer injuries
Roadway construction and repairs increase during the summer months. Traffic on America’s roadways also increases in summer as many Americans enjoy summer vacations. There are also more joggers, bikers, and motorcyclists on the road in summertime. That means more potential for dangerous vehicle accidents.
Paying attention to the road is the easiest way for drivers to avoid collisions with construction and highway repair workers and vehicles. Distracted driving is the most common cause of car accidents in this country. Driving distracted is as dangerous as drunk driving. When a driver is not looking at the road, they are unable to avoid vehicles and pedestrians in their path.
Construction workers can stay safe by establishing safe perimeters around work zones and increasing visibility with cones, lights, and signs. Pedestrians can utilize reflective gear to stay visible to drivers, and follow all traffic safety laws when interacting with vehicle traffic.
Slip and fall summer injuries
Slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere, but they increase in the summer months, especially near pools, water parks, boating docks, and other wet surfaces. Slip and fall accidents at work can lead to bone fractures and spinal and brain injuries. Workers on construction sites can avoid slip and fall accidents by removing debris from walkways, cleaning up spills quickly, and repairing broken or uneven pavement or flooring.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross Represent Those Suffering from Summer Work InjuriesWorkers injured on the job have some recourse to obtain compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, and other injury-related expenses. The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross understand the law and what is required to prove a Workers’ Compensation claim. Call the Philadelphia office of Jeffrey S. Gross at 267-589-0090 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.