The Most Dangerous Jobs During the Summer Months – NBC New York (47)

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With record temperatures in New York and across the country, Americans who don’t work inside air-conditioned offices have found this to be one of the most difficult and dangerous summers.

The New York Department of Health posted in january the 2022 New York City Heat-Related Death Report. Annual analysis shows that, on average, each year, there are approximately 370 heat-related deaths. These are made up of an estimated 360 heat-exacerbated deaths, which occur when heat worsens existing chronic conditions such as heart disease, and 10 heat stress deaths, which are directly caused by heat. The annual average of heat-related deaths accounts for about 2% of all deaths in each warm season from May to September.

The report reveals that approximately 100 heat-exacerbated deaths each year are attributable to the most extreme heat days (i.e., days that reach the National Weather Service’s extreme heat warning threshold) based on statistical models.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the United States Department of Labor, indicates that each yearthousands of workers get sick from occupational exposure to heat, and some cases are fatal.

Most outdoor deaths — 50% to 70% — occur in the first few days of work in hot or hot environments because the body needs to gradually build a tolerance to heat over time, the agency says. The process of building tolerance is called heat acclimation. Lack of acclimatization represents an important risk factor for fatal outcomes.

Occupational risk factors for heat illness include intense physical activity, hot or hot environmental conditions, lack of acclimatization, and wearing clothing that retains body heat.

Also, dangerous heat exposure can occur indoors or outdoors. Here’s a look at the most grueling jobs of the hot summer months, according to OSHA.

Agriculture Bakeries, kitchens and laundries (sources with heat-generating appliances inside)
Construction, especially on roads and other outdoor work. Electrical services (particularly boiler rooms)
roofing work fire service
Gardening Iron and steel factories and foundries
Mail and parcel delivery Manufacturing with heat sources, such as ovens (for example, paper products or concrete).
Oil and gas well operations Warehouse work

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