Summer is the time to implement safety rules and review builder’s risk insurance!
Ah, summer. While the warmer weather and longer days are loved by almost everyone, construction workers bear the brunt of the heat. There’s no doubt that the construction industry is heating up. With more developments, buildings, and demands, workers must continue to work throughout the summer months to complete projects. While the summer approaches, take the time to review safety procedures and builder’s risk insurance!
Workers new to outdoor jobs tend to be the most at risk for heat-related illnesses. Investigations into heat-related incidents show that almost half of the cases involve a worker on their first day. Over 80 percent of these cases involved a worker who had only been on the job for four or fewer days. Workers new to the industry may not be able to identify symptoms of heat illness, and may not receive adequate training on the topic. New hires looking to prove their worth and impress colleagues and supervisors may also be hesitant to complain if they are struggling.
To safeguard your team on the job, implement the following:
- Look out for warning signs: Heat rash is often the first sign of heat exhaustion. It manifests itself as small blisters in sweaty areas on the skin. Watch out for employees with this rash, and allow them time to recover in the shade with water.
- Provide water: Staying hydrated is important for any job. When workers are outside in the day doing manual labor, it becomes vital. Provide a drinking fountain or bottles of cool water for the team to keep sipping on throughout the day.
- Provide cool break areas: When a worker takes a break, ensure that they have somewhere to go that is shaded and cool. Even sitting in front of a fan for a few minutes helps to regulate the employee’s heat levels and get them back on track.
- Encourage communication: Steer clear of medical emergencies by encouraging your team to interact with one another. Update them on weather conditions and gauge how they’re feeling. Looking out for one another is imperative!
While you’re at it, take the time to review your builder’s risk insurance policy. As valuable protection for your project and finances, you’ll want to ensure that you’ve got adequate coverage this summer. To get started, contact Nahai Insurance Services. We can tailor the right builder’s risk insurance for your upcoming project. Call us today!