Hot-Weather Safety Tips for Summer Construction Projects
Working outside in the heat of the California summer can pose some significant health risks to construction crews and laborers. Even seasoned professionals can start to feel the effects of the heat when the temperatures rise and the project days are long. Here are some tips for construction workers and managers that will help to reduce the chance of heat-related injuries during summer work
Hydration is key when looking to stay comfortable and injury-free during the summer construction season. Individuals who work outside in the heat of the day should drink plenty of water to maintain their health and keep cool. Loss of fluids can trigger heat cramps and, in severe conditions, heat exhaustion. Make sure that site workers are drinking every 15-20 minutes and not just during their breaks.
Energy drinks, sodas, and caffeinated fluids are diuretics which remove water from your system, which means it’s easier to become dehydrated. They also increase your heart rate, which can be unsuitable for the job.
Keep out of the sun as much as possible
Although it’s not feasible to stay out of the sun on a construction project, it’s best to keep out of direct sunlight as much as possible. For outdoor workers, shade can provide cooling when needed to prevent overheating. Canopies are ideal for creating shade for workers.
At Nahai Insurance Services, we’re devoted to your crews’ wellbeing and the success of your project. To learn more about how we can help to protect your project, contact us today.