Every year, thousands of workers in the US suffer heat-related injuries and the risk increases significantly during the summer months. High temperatures and humidity, contact with hot objects, and strenuous physical labor without adequate hydration and cool down periods lead to
Despite regulations that are designed to keep workers safe, too many people are still hurt on the job because of inadequate worker protections. Federal and state laws require employers to provide a safe workplace. When injuries or death occur because of inadequate safety protections,
The summer months draw more people outdoors in Illinois and summertime activities bring unique hazards that may lead to slip and fall accidents. It is important for people to be aware of the potential dangers so that they can minimize fall risks for themselves and others.
Identifying and managing heat stress at work is necessary to prevent heat-related injuries and deaths among workers who are exposed to extreme temperatures. Employers should provide adequate training on what heat stress is and how to work safely in extremely hot conditions. They should also provide a safe working environment where the risk of sustaining heat-related work injuries is minimized.