Construction Safety Hazards in Summer
Construction workers can face many safety hazards in summer.
There are a number of safety hazards that can occur when you are a construction worker in the hot summer months.
Take a look below at some summer safety hazards and what you can do to help avoid them.
Physical labour in hot conditions can increase how quickly your body loses water. This will decrease your hydration levels, leading to possible health and safety risks.
Have hydrating fluids like water ready and easily accessible. By doing this, you are more likely to grab a drink whilst your busy at work.
If you don’t keep your skin covered as much as you can when working outside, you are likely to have the short term effect of sunburn as a result. However, in the long run, this can increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
If you wear UV protection and keep your skin covered as much as you can, then you will reduce the risks of getting sunburnt, therefore reducing your risk of potentially developing skin cancer.
Whether you or your colleagues are mentally or physically fatigued on site, it is important to do something about it.
There are a few ways to help avoid fatigue on site. Ensure your workload is manageable, speak up if you are feeling fatigued and use technology or machinery wherever possible to reduce the amount of strain that is put on the body.
When on-site, it is important to keep an eye on one another, especially in hot conditions. It is good to be aware of the symptoms someone may show if they are suffering from heat exhaustion.
These symptoms may include, slurred speech, being unresponsive, disorientation or stumbling. It is so important to be aware of these signs because working on-site with machinery and tools can be dangerous when not being fully aware of what you are dealing with.
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