Staying safe in the workplace that many employees take for granted. Certain summer jobs come with higher risks of serious injury during the summer. When a workplace injury can cost an employee thousands of dollars, it pays to know which jobs are at high risk of injury in the summer. Here are three jobs you should prioritize your health on during the summer:
Working directly in the sunlight all day for most of a week quickly takes a toll on workers. In addition to overwhelming heat, repetitively kneeling and bending can cause you to suffer repetitive stress injuries in your knees, wrists and back. The sun and heat can cause you to suffer a heat stroke, dehydration, or severe sunburns as well.
In addition to the sun and heat, road construction workers face additional health threats during the summer. Summertime means more people on the road, which means more opportunities for injuries. A negligent or reckless driver can pass through a construction zone and accidentally hit a worker, drive into a work area, or accidentally kill someone as they pass through.
A summer job helping a farm plant or harvest crops may seem like a great way to make some extra income, but it has additional risks as well. Most of the large farming equipment that farmers regularly use can be a major danger to those inexperienced workers. Working hard in the field can also put you away from a much-needed water supply, making it harder to stay hydrated in hot weather.
Protect yourself this summer
This summer, you are especially vulnerable to heatstroke, dehydration, and other heat-related injuries if you have an outdoor job this summer. Take extra precautions by wearing protective clothing and sunscreen, observing your surroundings around heavy machinery, and staying hydrated to avoid unnecessary injuries.