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HOT TIPS FOR A SAFE, PRODUCTIVE SUMMER

Summer’s a busy time in the construction business. As work schedules heat up, make sure your people and equipment are ready to perform safely in the heat.

It all starts with a trained team
Before the hot season begins, conduct heat safety training, focusing on topics such as these.

– Call 911

– Move co-worker to shady or air-conditioned area

– Lay co-worker down and elevate feet

– Remove tight or heavy clothing

– Provide drinking water

– Cool person with spray mist or fan

– Know your own risks. If you’re 65 or older, overweight or take medications for heart problems, blood pressure, allergies or psychiatric conditions, you’re more susceptible to heat problems than others may be.

– Stay informed about the weather. Use a free app from OSHA to calculate the heat index and assess risk levels.

– Drink plenty of healthy fluids. Aim for eight ounces of cool water every hour. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

– Eat properly. Don’t skip meals or overeat.

– Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, preferably with moisture-wicking properties. Protect your skin with sunscreen and your eyes with sunglasses.

– Pay attention to your body. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded on a hot day, tell your boss, find a cool area and take a brief rest.

– Keep an eye on your co-workers. Victims of heat exhaustion or heat stroke are not always aware of what’s happening to their bodies, so if you see someone struggling with heat, offer your help and alert your supervisor.

Protect your fleet, too

Extreme heat and humidity can also take a toll on heavy equipment. As temperatures rise, your machines work harder than normal, stressing components and accelerating wear. Here are some ways to protect your fleet in hot weather.

Ready to work when the going gets hot

Summer brings new challenges to the jobsite, but it can also be a time of great opportunity. With a well-trained team and a well-maintained fleet, you’ll be ready to succeed in any weather.