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Summer heat poses risk to some North Carolina workers

There are many dangers workers in North Carolina face on a daily basis. Some of those dangers change from season to season. For instance, with summer around the corner, individuals who work outside may find that extreme temperatures increase the risk of a workplace injury.

While construction workers are likely the first group of individuals who come to mind when thinking about who could be affected by the summer heat in North Carolina, the issue is not limited to them. Other types of workers including those who work on the tarmac at airports, and in agriculture and landscaping could also be at risk. The best way to address the matter is to make sure workers take breaks and stay hydrated by consuming plenty of fluids.

The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also looking to ensure those who work outside stay safe. Accordingly it provides educational materials to employers that can be used to train employees on how to avoid illness due to heat. In addition, it recently created an application that can be downloaded onto a phone or similar mobile device to help keep track of the heat index at any given time. It also provides tips that can be used by workers to make sure they stay safe. The app is free.

After long winters with cooler temperatures, many look forward to the warmer weather that comes with summer. While dangers for workers may accompany the season, with the right precautions, it can be enjoyable for all, even those who work in it.

Source: WEKU News, "New OSHA App meant to Keep Workers Cooler," Stu Johnson, June 3, 2013

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