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Top hazards outdoor workers face daily

On Behalf of | Jun 15, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Working outside can be a fun and rewarding experience. It can also be more dangerous. When working outdoors, safety and watchfulness can mean the difference between life and death.

When you are working outside, be sure to avoid these hazards.

Disease vectors

Many outdoor workers never even consider that they are around quite a few vectors for disease. However, a simple mosquito bite can cause serious illness, and a single tick can make you miserable for the rest of your life. Scratches, bites and cuts can also cause long-term illnesses.

Physical hazards

All jobs have some kind of physical hazard. In offices, falls and repetitive motion injuries abound, but just the fact that you are outside can result in injuries in an outdoor environment. Extreme heat causes heat stroke. Sun exposure can cause skin cancers. Extreme cold can cause frostbite or other cold-related injuries. Rain and thunderstorms are also dangerous. You are also more likely to suffer from injuries due to noise and falls from significant heights while working outdoors.

Biological hazards

There are quite a few biological hazards when you are working outside. Spiders, centipedes, scorpions and other insects present problems no matter where outside you are working. If you are working in a forested area, you could run into poison ivy, oak or sumac. There are also venomous snakes to worry about. A single snake bite or bee sting can be deadly if you are allergic.

To avoid these outdoor hazards, be sure to follow all safety precautions, keep a watchful eye out and prepare for extreme working conditions.