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More workplace accidents occur in the summer

The risk of being in a work-related accident is always there, but there are some seasonal trends for workplace injuries. According to a survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more occupational injuries during the summer than other seasons.

Now that you know you are more likely to sustain an injury at work during the summer, it is crucial for you to stay informed and safe. Here are some common ways you may get injured at your job in the summertime.

Dehydration

One common summer injury is dehydration. If you become dehydrated, you may experience the following symptoms:

  • Dry mouth
  • Increased thirst
  • Sleepiness
  • Dizziness
  • Dry skin
  • Headaches

In order to prevent dehydration, your boss should let you drink water regularly and give you adequate rest. Dehydration may occur by itself or lead to heat stroke.

Heat stroke

If you work outdoors or without proper ventilation or air conditioning, you are at an increased risk of getting heat stroke. Signs of heat stroke include the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Light-headedness
  • Severe headaches
  • Red and dry skin
  • Muscle weakness
  • Nausea and vomiting 
  • Shallow and fast breathing

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you do not receive prompt treatment, there may be fatal consequences. Your employer should allow you to take breaks, keep water nearby and provide you with enough shade or air conditioning. 

Car accidents

If you need to drive a car, truck or bus for your job, watch out during the summer months. There are more motor vehicles on the road in the summertime, which increases your chances of getting in a collision. Another big contributor to summer accidents is more roadwork. Make sure you practice defensive driving techniques so you can anticipate and respond to any potential hazards. 

It is imperative for you and your employer to take the appropriate safety measures to stop you from getting hurt. If you sustain a summer injury, make sure you exercise your legal rights.

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