The summers are getting hotter and the sun is getting stronger. It is more critical than ever for jobsite crews to stay protected when working in the heat. As sister publication BUILDER explains in a recent article, preventative action is the best way to ensure a safe site in the sun. And as the figures suggest, it's needed.
"From 2008 to 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor and OSHA recorded 109 heat fatalities in the U.S., though that number doesn’t include incidents reported to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that fell outside federal and state OSHA jurisdiction. In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job."
In this informative piece, you'll find details and graphics outlining what to watch for, how to know if its too hot, how OSHA can help, and preventative measures, including a plan for preventing heat-related illness.