Impact of Excessive Heat on the Frequency of Work-Related Injuries

By Sebastian Negrusa, Olesya Fomenko, Vennela Thumula

May 9, 2024 Related Topics: System Review, Other

With U.S. officials bracing for another summer of dangerous heat, this new study measures the extent to which excessive heat has increased the incidence of work-related injuries in recent years by considering injuries like heat exhaustion as well as accidents like falling off a ladder on a hot day. The study uses claims data and weather data from 2016 to 2021 across 24 states. The findings can inform public policy debates on the importance of preventing the effects of excessive heat.

Impact of Excessive Heat on the Frequency of Work-Related Injuries. Sebastian Negrusa, Olesya Fomenko, and Vennela Thumula. May 2024. WC-24-18.


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Research Questions:

  • Is there variation in how excessive heat increases the frequency of work-related accidents in various regions of the country?
  • How does excessive heat affect worker populations in a more diverse set of climates than in just a specific state?
  • Is the effect of excessive heat on the frequency of injuries greater in certain industries and on certain injury types?

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