The Many Factors Contributing to Occupational Heat Stress

By LHSFNA (Laborers' Health & Safety Fund of North America) Management Co-Chairman, Noel C. Borck

Heat can be deadly for workers. In 2017, 32 workers died from heat exposure, with 12 of them being construction workers. Every year, even more workers suffer from heat illness. In 2017, almost 2,500 workers suffered illnesses from heat exposure and over a quarter of them (650) were construction workers.

Laborers are one of the trades most affected by extreme heat. Both employers and workers should know the factors that lead to heat stress so that everyone is aware of when workers are at greater risk.”

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