Strategies for Avoiding Heat Exhaustion on Jobsites

Strategies for Avoiding Heat Exhaustion on Jobsites

When you combine this with any strenuous labor, it can be a recipe for disaster if you are not careful.

With summer just around the corner, it is important to prepare for the warmer weather that lies ahead. If you work in construction and are going to be outdoors over the next few months, you need to be aware of the dangers of heat-related illness. In almost all cases, incidents can be prevented if you know the right strategies for working in hot temperatures.

Know The Symptoms

It is important anyone who is working in construction knows the signs of heat-related illnesses. When an individual is exposed to extreme heat, it will cause their body temperature to rise dramatically, and it will be more difficult for your body to cool itself down. When you combine this with any strenuous labor, it can be a recipe for disaster if you are not careful. If you need to work in hot temperatures, you need always to be conscious of yourself and the others around you. Some of the signs to look out for include headaches, faintness, mental confusion, fever, excessive sweating, dizziness, low blood pressure, and nausea.

What Should I Do If I Need To Work In Extreme Heat?

Construction workers should always be mindful of weather forecasts. If there is a heat wave coming through, a construction worker should know about it so they can wear the proper attire (hats, lightweight clothing, light colors) and hydrate accordingly. If you have any of the above symptoms, you shouldn’t wait to get medical attention. Construction workers also must look out for one another. If you notice that a coworker is struggling with something or doesn’t look right, you need to step in and offer your assistance. Bring them to a shady spot, have them sit down, and offer them some water. If their symptoms do not go away after several minutes, you may need to get them medical attention.


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