For many types of manufacturing and industrial businesses, and other enterprises with physical risk, there is a greater danger of accidents and injuries in the summer months. The intense heat of summer in warm and temperate climates can negatively affect the work that employees do each day, and this kind of impact needs to be anticipated and planned for within a workplace.
Sweating and Slippery Surfaces
One way that the summer season has been tied to a higher number of industrial and workplace accidents has to do with employees sweating during physical processes. This can make it harder to use guardrails, hand rails or other surfaces like scaffolding, and can lead to some higher risks in areas where a lot of physical work gets done quickly.
Heat and Central Nervous System Depression
Summer heat can also affect a worker’s central nervous system. Some of the most evident risks involved include heatstroke or situations where people may actually lose consciousness or fade in the high heat. Other kinds of workplace accidents may have to do with more subtle heat-related problems where dehydration and mild central nervous system depression may cause impaired judgment. In many physical workplaces, workers have to exercise good judgment in handling machines and equipment, moving between workstations or otherwise handling physical business processes. By blunting the clarity and acuity of the human brain, high heat can introduce more danger in a lot of different workplaces, whether it’s a foundry, mill, manufacturing assembly line or any other kind of business where workers have to contend with heavy weights, moving parts and other physical challenges.
Distraction and Pressure
Employees who are bothered by high summer heat may also get distracted from their work or find themselves under pressure to hurry up with tasks. For example, workers performing activities sloppily in order to escape from a particular high-heat area can make mistakes that lead to tragic workplace accidents. These kinds of accidents could have been avoided by making sure that all work spaces provide a livable atmosphere during summer months.
While some of these workplace dangers are obvious, others can get overlooked. Workers should think about whether their employers have instituted the right safety protocols and offered the right resources to keep employees safe and as comfortable as possible through the heat of summer. Summers in Texas are hot; make sure your employees are safe. Give Integrity Network Insurance Group a call at 512-989-6006 to talk about a worker’s compensation claim when an unfortunate accident has led to a workplace-related injury or illness and Round Rock business insurance.