Excessive heat exposure is attributed to approximately 400 deaths each year in the United States. During the hot summer months, outdoor workers, and those who work in hot environments, should be aware of the dangers of heat stress. Heat stress can result in heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rashes. Heat stress can also increase workers' susceptibility of sustaining other injuries due to sweaty hands, fogged up safety glasses and dizziness.
Summer is a time for students on summer break to earn money for college, a new car, clothes or to help their families. Unfortunately, for younger workers engaged in manual labor positions, injuries from work-related hazards or conditions as a result of their age and inexperience are substantial. Consequently, more needs to be done to protect youthful workers from work-related injuries or illnesses.