The three most important ways to ward off heat problems on the construction site are water, rest and shade. Keep your jobsite well-stocked with water and encourage everyone to drink at least eight ounces an hour. Schedule plenty of breaks — extra on very hot days — and make them mandatory. And provide shade in the form of tents or awnings, especially if your site doesn’t have trees or buildings that offer natural relief from the sun.
Other steps you and your workers can take to stay safe in the summer heat include:
Keeping your workers safe in the heat and humidity is the top priority. But rising temperatures also cause machines to work harder, which stresses components and accelerates wear. Take these steps to protect your fleet:
Staying safe in the heat is all about awareness, so schedule some time for a “summer safety” training session before the hottest days of the year strike. If your entire team puts these common-sense tips to work, you’ll be ready for a healthy, productive season on the job.
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