Workplace injuries can occur in many ways. The resulting damages can lead to extensive medical care needs, loss of income and pain and suffering.
If you typically work outdoors, it is vital to understand some common causes of injuries to prevent potential harm.
1. Slip and fall incidents
Slipping at work can result in concussions, broken bones, back injuries and more. These accidents can occur at any job, but some industries have a higher incidence rate, including:
- Farming, ranching and agricultural industries
- Construction companies
- Firefighters and law enforcement operations
- Maintenance and repair businesses
- Freight or other material-moving firms
2. Heat illnesses
If you work outside, you may be unable to regulate your temperature during periods of high heat. When it is hot, performing your job tasks can lead to heat rash, cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Landscapers, roofers and road construction workers are susceptible to heat-related workplace injuries.
3. Winter-related injuries
When your position requires that you spend significant amounts of time outdoors in the winter, you can suffer injuries due to seasonal weather conditions. Ice and snow increase your chance of slipping and falling. You may sustain exposure-related damages, like hypothermia, frostbite and wind burn.
When your job involves cars, trucks or construction vehicles, you can suffer severe injuries in a collision or wreck. Your employer must have appropriate safety procedures and protections to prevent possible harm.
5. Industrial deafness
Airline workers, construction crews, farmers, ambulance drivers and maintenance teams may experience repeated exposure to loud noises. This issue can result in long-term hearing damage and tinnitus.
Outdoor workplace accidents can lead to significant injuries and costly medical bills. Understand common accident causes to avoid mishaps and know your rights to recover the compensation you deserve if you sustain work injuries.