Higher temperatures increase work-related injuries

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In the midst of winter, it is interesting to learn of a significant association between working in high temperatures and injury claims at work among certain employee groups and industries in South Australia.

Overall, a 1°C increase in maximum temperature between 14.2°C and 37.7°C was associated with a 0.2% increase in daily injury claims, with the most significant associations being recorded for those employed in the agriculture, forestry and fishing, construction and utilities sectors.

Xiang J et al (2013). “Association between high temperature and work-related injuries in Adelaide, South Australia, 2001-2010”. Occupational & Environmental Medicine, first published online 13 December.

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