Excavation projects tend to increase in the summer. For workers, this means longer hours outdoors under the blazing sun. This poses a health hazard. We'll explain how construction crews can prevent heatstroke or other heat-related injuries during the hottest time of the year. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Recognize Signs of Heat Injuries
Learn to recognize early signs of heat cramps in yourself and your fellow workers. Do you see heat rashes? These appear as clusters of small blisters. Initial signs of heat injury may also include leg and stomach cramps.
These could be signs of electrolyte loss due to sweating. We recommend scheduling regular rest breaks where everyone drinks water and rests in the shade.
Arrange Heavy and Light Work Periods
Temperatures tend to peak between 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM and are coolest between 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Arrange work hours so workers engage in the heaviest physical labor during the morning. Reserve less physically intense work, such as excavator operation, for later in the afternoon.
Observe the Heat Index
The heat index is a measurement of the temperature when you take humidity into account. It also takes into account other factors like the wind and level of physical activity. To prevent heatstroke, always know the heat index the day before and plan accordingly.
Wear Breathable Clothing
For basic top wear, encourage crewmembers to wear light-colored cotton or rayon fabric. The same goes for breathable bottoms and work shoes. To accommodate heatstroke prevention, some construction uniforms include vests with pockets for storing cold packs.
Breathable clothing is especially important since additional wearables, such as a reflector vest and hardhat, can contribute to unwanted heat retention.
Prevent Heatstroke on Your Next Project
Stop by Active Excavator Rentals for excavators and breaker and hoe packs. Learn about us and our inventory. Monroe summers can be brutal. Whether operating an excavator or digging a trench, be sure to adhere to heatstroke prevention measures.
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