The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that workers who are exposed to extreme heat or work in hot environments are at risk for heat stress, which can cause heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps or heat rashes. Heat stroke, the most serious heat-related condition, is very dangerous and can result in death if not treated quickly enough. In addition very hot temperatures “can increase the risk of injuries in workers as it may result in sweaty palms, fogged-up safety glasses, and dizziness.”
The Concrete Construction magazine recently published a reminder of safety rules that need to be followed on a jobsite during hot and humid weather conditions to keep workers safe. As temperatures rise, construction companies need to provide workers with plenty of water, rest and shade. Also if a worker is new to the site or has been away from work for a few weeks, they should be allowed to adapt to the heat by providing them with more frequent breaks. All workers should wear light-colored, breathable clothing such as cotton.
Symptoms of heat stroke are fainting, seizures, high body temperature, and profuse sweating. Also as one of the signs of heat stroke is confusion, a person may not be aware of the danger. Immediate medical attention is required. While waiting for assistance, get the person out of the heat, loosen clothing and apply ice packs or cold water to the skin.
Although heat exhaustion is less serious than heat stroke, a worker needs water, rest and relief from the heat. Common symptoms range from a headache to nausea, dizziness, weakness, thirst, and heavy sweating.
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Sources: cdc.gov/niosh/topics/heatstress/, concreteconstruction.net/safety/managing-heat-related-illness-in-onstruction_o.aspx?dfpzone=general