Heat-related injuries

Heat-related injuries can be quite common – particularly in tasks that require attention, coordination and immediate memory skills.

Apart from heat-related illness, working in a hot environment also contributes to, or can cause, other health and safety injuries because of a worker being possibly fatigued, physically weak, having slower reaction times and poor judgement.

Heat-related  injuries can be quite common – particularly in tasks that require attention, coordination and immediate memory skills.

Examples of heat-related injuries include:

Heat-related injury

Cause

Musculoskeletal injuries

Lacerations from loss of grip while handling tools, objects and controls

  • sweaty hands
  • fatigue and/or discomfort causing the worker to cut corners; not   follow safe work procedures or not use PPE
  • fatigue / dizziness causing poor judgement, poor coordination or   clumsiness (due to fogged up safety glasses impairing vision)
  • fainting

Slip / trip / fall

  • fatigue and/or discomfort causing the worker to rush; not follow   safe work procedures; etc
  • fogged up safety glasses impairing vision
  • dizziness or fainting

Burns

  • contact with hot   surfaces or substances
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