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Study Shows Heat Injuries in the U.S. are found to be Undercounted


New research shows that government agencies are most likely significantly undercounting the number of workplace injuries caused by extreme heat. Federal and state labor departments keep track of heat-related injuries, which include aspects of dehydration and heat strokes. However, if a worker falls from a ladder due to heat conditions, it is usually not categorized as a heat related injury. Research published shows when those injuries are addressed, the toll of heat on U.S. workers is “orders of magnitude higher” than the official counts. In California, the state’s occupational safety division only counts about 60 heat-related injuries annually. The research, however, estimates that between 2001 and 2018, the number of heat-related injuries was around 24,800 each year.


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