We’ve had a number Excessive Heat Warnings recently. So, we thought we’d share what our Site Manager’s are watching for at jobsites to ensure team safety in the Arizona heat.
Our Site Managers are trained to look for heat related illnesses, such as: Heat Stroke, Heat Exhaustion, Heat Cramps, Heat Syncope, and Heat Rash. Timely identification of heat illnesses is crucial.
If Heat Stroke is suspected, we look for confusion, slurred speech, heavy sweating or hot, dry skin, rapid heart rate and even more serious symptoms such as seizures and unconsciousness.
Heat Exhaustion can manifest in fatigue, irritability, thirst, nausea, dizziness, heavy sweating and an elevated body temperature or fast heart rate.
Some experience Heat Cramps involving muscle spasms or pain.
Heat Syncope can cause dizziness and fainting.
Clusters of red bumps on the skin, often on the neck, upper chest and skin folds, is a sign of Heat Rash.
Those familiar with working outside in the Arizona summer heat need to be educated about heat illnesses and treating them. Most construction workers have experienced Heat Illnesses to some degree. It’s the responsibility of our Site Managers to ensure everyone is safe in their activities and respectful of the Arizona heat. You’ve probably heard, “Never turn your back to the sea.” Well, in Arizona it’s more like, “Never underestimate the heat.”
Regardless of the type of Heat Illness it’s imperative we cool the worker down and call 911 when appropriate. To help workers cool down we provide shade at each jobsite. We may offer a mobile office unit, canopy, air-conditioned vehicle, or a portion of the newly constructed building. Cool water is supplied at every jobsite. Site Managers receive monthly trainings. In addition, the Site Managers hold OSHA-10 or OSHA-30 certifications as well as CPR & First Aid Safety certification. We also provide first aid kits for the construction site. If needed, our team members have cellular access to contact 911.
Rather than treating Heat Illnesses, we prefer to avoid them by taking precautionary steps. Site Management will introduce workers to heat by shifting work hours or methodically increasing work hours to slowly introduce workers to the heat. They’ll ensure crew members drink appropriate fluids, such as water and electrolyte drinks. Time is also taken to educate workers on wearing appropriate attire, such as light colored clothing. They’ll even discuss how a cool/cold lunch may be better than a hot lunch.
Choosing a construction partner who’s educated in all things construction is priority for clients. We would argue that choosing a knowledgeable safety-oriented construction partner is the better choice.
Our construction safety approach can be found at our website: https://flemingcomplete.com/safety