Yes – summer is on its way! This is usually the time of year where we spend the most time outside but also experience the highest temperatures.
With sweltering days expected to continue early this week and more expected in the coming weeks, it’s important to be aware of some of the most common injuries and health risks we commonly see during these dog days of summer. Heat-related emergencies and illnesses are preventable. Despite this fact, more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year.
Here are some of the most usual injuries to be aware of during the summer, as well as tips for prevention:
Heat Exhaustion/Heat Stoke
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke is one of the most common summer workplace injuries, particularly for those who work outdoors, like those in the agriculture or construction industries.
- Workers can reduce their risks of suffering from heat exhaustion or heat stroke by doing the following:
- Performing work activities in the early morning or evening if possible
- Wearing long-sleeved light clothing to protect against the sun
- Staying hydrated
- Taking breaks when necessary
In the summer, dozens of people head to the city or the beach for shopping, relaxation, or vacation. As such, the roads can be more congested than they are during other times of the year, leading to the prevalence of accidents.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, overall there were more vehicle accident-related deaths in May, June, July, August, and September than there are in the other spring and fall months.
You can reduce your chances of injury by following these simple tips:
- Put down the distracting devices like cell phones
- Follow traffic laws
- Wear a safety belt
Slips, Trips, and Falls
A slip, trip, and fall can happen any time of the year, regardless of weather. A slip and fall accident can lead to devastating injuries and are the leading cause of death in the construction industry according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
For business purposes, employers can help to eliminate the occurrence of slip and fall accidents in their workplaces by taking the following actions.
- Provide workers with safe equipment
- Plan ahead for work projects that involve heights
- Ensure that all employees are trained
Please be safe! In the event that you or a loved one is injured, we can certainly help. Just contact our office at 215-642-2335 or learn more from our website, www.cordiscosaile.com.
Enjoy your summer!