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June 2023

Keeping Workers Safe in the Heat

By Workplace Safety

With June being National Safety Month, it is essential to highlight the significance of prioritizing safety in the construction industry, particularly during the warm weather of the summer season. As temperatures rise, construction workers face increased risks of heat-related issues. In this blog post, we have outlined essential tips for construction workers to follow while working out in the heat.

Stay Hydrated: One of the most important steps to prevent heat-related illnesses is proper hydration. Encourage workers to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and provide easy access to cool, clean drinking water on the construction site. Be sure to promote regular breaks in shaded areas to allow workers to rehydrate.

Schedule Smart: Plan work schedules to minimize exposure to extreme heat. Consider adjusting start times to avoid the hottest parts of the day. Utilize early mornings or late afternoons for more physically demanding tasks, reserving indoor or shaded areas for midday breaks or less strenuous work.

Provide Protective Gear: Supply appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for hot weather conditions. Lightweight, breathable clothing and wide-brimmed hats can help shield workers from direct sunlight. Additionally, high-visibility vests or shirts that incorporate moisture-wicking materials can enhance worker comfort and visibility.

Training and Education: Ensure all workers receive comprehensive training on heat-related illnesses, their symptoms, and preventive measures. Educate them about recognizing the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke and emphasize the importance of reporting any discomfort promptly. Encourage workers to look out for one another and create a culture of safety and support.

Shade and Rest Areas: Set up designated rest areas with shade where workers can take breaks and cool down. Install temporary shelters or canopies to provide relief from direct sunlight.

Heat Stress Monitoring: Consider using heat stress monitoring devices or apps that can provide real-time information about weather conditions and heat stress levels on the construction site. This data can help supervisors make informed decisions regarding work breaks, adjustments to tasks, or even temporary suspension of work if necessary.

At Losi and Gangi, we want to ensure you are protected and safe. If you experienced a heat-related illness while on the job, contact us or call us today at 716-854-1446 for a free consultation. Our experienced attorneys will make sure you are represented fairly throughout every step of your case.