With the heat of summer still on the rise, it’s more important than ever to consider the safety of those working in outdoor environments. For construction workers, in particular, the heat poses a significant threat that can not be taken lightly. Not only can heat affect how well some aspects of construction work and set, but it can also create dangerous situations for those working. With the added risks of machinery and construction equipment, it’s essential to follow these safety tips to keep everyone safe and on track.
Encourage A Healthy Lifestyle
It’s no secret that many construction workers are not the best at making smart dietary choices, but eating low fat, less greasy food with high protein, low sodium, and plenty of nutrition will keep your staff feeling their best. Likewise, it’s vital that your team is drinking plenty of water. If possible, keeping a water cooler and healthy snacks like fruit and nuts on-site is a great way to help fight heat stress. If nothing else, be sure to provide your team with a basic course on nutrition as part of your safety training. While it may seem unusual, if you’re losing time because your team is sluggish after a heavy fast-food lunch, the added few minutes of exercise will be more than worth it.
Know The Signs Of Heat Stress
When you’re working in hot conditions, heatstroke can happen fast, and it can be deadly. Everyone on your staff should be trained in the symptoms and on the lookout for them in themselves and their coworkers. Symptoms can include; confusion, heat cramps, hot skin without sweating, loss of consciousness, and even vomiting.
Avoid The Hottest Hours
While it may not always be possible, one of the best ways to prevent the risk of heat-related injuries is to keep your work confined to less hot hours of the day. Taking a long break from noon to two isn’t always possible, but on the days when the temperature is skyrocketing, it can make the difference between life and death.
Prioritize Employee Safety with G&M Services
G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meeting to ensure that all involved are aware of how to handle equipment and potential situations that could occur during a project.
G&M Services offers services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and firestop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.