Keeping cool on construction sites

Summer brings unique hazards to those working in the heavy construction industry. Work-related heat stress and sun/ultraviolet (UV) radiation exposure are recognized hazards that affect the health and safety of those working outdoors in the heavy construction industry.

Heat stress can occur if workers become dehydrated when working under hot, humid conditions and where the body doesn’t have enough water left to cool itself. This can lead to serious heat-stress disorders such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Too much unprotected exposure to UV radiation from the sun can cause sunburn and lead to skin cancer, eye irritation and other eye problems.

WORKSAFELY™ has created Safety Talks on safe-work procedures for working in extreme heat, as well as on other seasonal hazards such as Lyme disease and the West Nile virus. Please see this week’s Safety Talk on Lyme disease, and visit our website for Safety Talks that address other summer hazards.

Take the time to review your hot-weather safety procedures and think about including some tips in your toolbox talks over the next several weeks. I hope everyone has an enjoyable, safe summer.