Mason Construction, Ltd. – Blog Post
July 13, 2015
"Stay Safe in Summer”
If you work in Southeast Texas, you know summer is heating up! And working long hours outside means extra precaution should be taken. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat, and some even die.” Working in the construction industry means long hours outside and risk of being one of those workers who might get sick.
Here are some symptoms of heat related illness:
- Heavy Sweating
- Nausea or vomiting
- High body temperature
- Red bumps on skin
- Muscle spasms or pain
Be on the watch and take action to prevent heat related illness for you and your coworkers! If you or someone else is showing these signs, be sure to take action right away. Sit or lie down in a shaded area or inside if possible and drink cool water. If symptoms are severe, get medical assistance immediately.
Remember these steps when working on job sites:
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you do not feel thirsty.
- Wear light colored clothing and head protection.
- Rest in the shade or inside when you can.
Picture by: CAL OSHA
It is better to prevent heat illness rather than treat it after it takes affect.