As heatwaves become more extreme, which jobs are riskiest?

A photograph of trade workers wearing hard hats and neon orange.
25 January 2021

Heat is more dangerous than the cold in most Australian regions. About 2% of deaths in Australia between 2006 and 2017 were associated with the heat, and the estimate increases to more than 4% in the northern and central parts of the country.

In fact, Australian death records underestimate the association between heat and mortality at least 50-fold and chronic heat stress is also under-reported.

The risk is higher in some regions but where you live is not the only factor that matters. When it comes to heat, some jobs are much more dangerous, and put workers at higher risk of injury.

Read the full article on The Conversation website, co-authored by Dr Thomas Longden and Dr Simon Quilty