Acclimation: The Key to Hot Weather Work

As unpredictable as the weather is in the Maryland area, heat threats are real, especially for construction workers. The key, say health experts, is to gradually expose workers to hot summer conditions, with ample breaks, rather than putting the strain of strenuous work on the body out of the blue. Much like an athlete builds up stamina, construction workers will gradually ... [Continue Reading]

Safety in Hot Summer Conditions

As unpredictable as the weather is in the Maryland area, heat threats are real, especially for construction workers. Here we break down the symptoms and hazards of working outside this summer. Heat stroke, the most serious form of heat-related illness, happens when the body becomes unable to regulate its core temperature. Sweating stops and the body can no longer rid itself ... [Continue Reading]

Acclimation: Preventing Heat-Related Illnesses

More than 40 percent of heat-related worker deaths occur in the construction industry. As always, prevention is the best way to ensure that workers stay safe during hot summer months. Although providing workers with water, rest and shade is common sense, the lesser known practice of acclimation is equally important. That is, managers should allow new or returning workers to ... [Continue Reading]

The Hazards of Heat: Preparing for Summer

When the mercury rises, construction workers become at risk for a host of heat-related illnesses and injury. Site managers should be vigilant about protecting workers who are exposed to elevated temperatures. Heat stroke, the most serious heat-related illness, occurs when the body can no longer rid itself of excess heat and should be treated immediately by medical ... [Continue Reading]