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No matter the time of year, when business owners think about the common risks involved with owning a business, the safety of their employees should always be top of mind. However, the summertime can bring unique hazards, with its soaring temperatures, busy travel times and potential for strong storms.

ALM Small Business Adviser Logo. Courtesy photo.In the summer, it’s important that employers take steps to ensure their workers are staying as safe as possible from these specific types of risks.

Here are a few of the common workers’ comp claims filed in the summer months, and what small businesses can do to help reduce the risk of accidents, injuries and illnesses, and improve employee health and safety:

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