Heat Stress in Construction (7/11/12)

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We still have most of July and all of August to go, and already this has been one of the hottest summers on record. I am often asked how our employees handle working in hot weather.

When a person works in a hot environment, the body must get rid of excess heat to maintain a stable internal temperature. Too much heat can make you tired, hurt your job performance, and increase your chance of injury. This can lead to dehydration, cramps, heat exhaustion or even deadly heat stroke. We take safety very seriously. Kirk Leabo, our Safety Director, offers these tips:

Try to protect yourself by drinking plenty of water or Gatorade, take rest breaks by rotating with other crew members when possible, wear light colored clothing, and do the heaviest work in the coolest time of the day. Crew members tend to handle the heat better as the body becomes acclimated to working in the hot weather and by taking care of themselves away from work. Living a healthy lifestyle will help, and as is common with extreme temperatures the body needs more recovery time so be sure to get plenty of rest. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol will help. Listen to your body and don’t take chances in the heat.

By,

John Kittleson

Vice President

Bituminous Roadways

Bituminous Roadways, Inc.
(651) 686-7001
1520 Commerce Drive
Mendota Heights, MN 55120

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