Arizona Does Not Top Heat-Related Injuries List Nationwide

Published: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 4:26pm
Updated: Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 2:12pm

Exposure to environmental heat caused 37 work-related deaths and almost three thousand injuries in 2015. The new state data also show the hottest states are not home to the highest rate of heat deaths.

For as hot as Arizona is, the state ranks fifth overall, according to data released this week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state logged 110 non-fatal heat-related injuries for the year and has a rate of less than one injury per every ten thousand workers. Almost 3,000 injuries were reported nationwide. Occupations related to transportation and commercial moving cause the most injuries.

Kansas and South Carolina had the highest rates of non-fatal injuries and illnesses from environmental heat. Nebraska and Georgia are third and fourth.

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