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, according to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers. Thirty-three of the 37 fatal work injuries caused by exposure to environmental heat occurred in the summer months of June through September. Kansas and South Carolina had the highest rates of nonfatal injuries and illnesses from environmental heat. Louisiana’s heat injury rate is right in the middle.
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