Work injuries in the heat in 2015

August 30, 2017

High temperatures can be dangerous to people at work and can lead to injuries, illnesses, and even death. Exposure to environmental heat led to 37 work-related deaths and 2,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work in 2015. Thirty-three of the 37 fatal work injuries caused by exposure to environmental heat occurred in the summer months of June through September. Texas and California had the highest number of nonfatal injuries and illnesses with days away from work in 2015. Kansas and South Carolina had the highest rates of nonfatal injuries and illnesses from environmental heat.

 

 

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to environmental heat, 2015
State Number Rate per 10,000 workers

Kansas 

140 1.3

South Carolina 

150 1.0

Nebraska 

40 0.6

Georgia 

180 0.5

Arizona 

110 0.5

Arkansas 

50 0.5

New Mexico 

30 0.5

Delaware 

20 0.5

Texas 

340 0.4

Kentucky 

60 0.4

North Carolina 

110 0.3

Virginia 

100 0.3

Maryland 

60 0.3

Louisiana 

50 0.3

Alabama 

40 0.3

Oregon 

40 0.3

California 

270 0.2

Illinois

80 0.2

Pennsylvania

80 0.2

Washington 

60 0.2

Wisconsin 

50 0.2

Missouri 

40 0.2

Tennessee 

40 0.2

Connecticut 

20 0.2

Iowa 

20 0.2

New York

40 0.1

Indiana 

30 0.1

New Jersey 

20 0.1

Note: States not shown did not participate in the survey in 2015 or the data were not reported or did not meet publication criteria.

Transportation and material moving occupations accounted for 720 nonfatal cases with days away from work that resulted from exposure to environmental heat in 2015. That was one-fourth of the total cases caused by environmental heat exposure.

 

 

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses caused by exposure to environmental heat, selected occupations, 2015
Occupation Number

Transportation and Material Moving

720

Production

390

Protective Service

350

Installation, Maintenance, and Repair

330

Construction and Extraction

280

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance

150

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see "Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Requiring Days Away From Work, 2015" (HTML) (PDF) and "National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2015" (HTML) (PDF). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has more information on heat safety from their Heat Illness Prevention Campaign.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Work injuries in the heat in 2015 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2017/work-injuries-in-the-heat-in-2015.htm (visited June 20, 2018).

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