When you’re on site, staying safe is just as important as finishing a project. Productivity depends on staff being smart and responsible. Summer construction sites can heat up, and it’s vital to stay cool and conscious. Here’s the top five ways to stay cool during a job in the summer.
It’s essential to keep hydrated to keep your body working at full capacity, especially on a hot day. Consume lots of water when out in the sun and make extra efforts to see that all construction site workers are at least getting some water in their system.
Stay awake and combat drowsiness with a couple of jumping jacks or some stretches. Absent-mindedness is a sure way to make mistakes. If you need a break, take one. If you feel cramps, intense headaches, or any unusual symptoms, be wary of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. If you detect heat stroke in yourself or a co-worker, call 911.
Doing manual labor in high temperatures is rough. To keep yourself safe while doing physical work, one of the best things you can do is stay in shape. Regular exercise and a responsible diet will help you perform at your peak in tough conditions.
Stay cool by dressing for comfort. Dress in layers or wear gear that isn’t too thick. Wrap your head if possible to prevent sunburn. Keep yourself as cool as possible, while abiding by any and all regulations from the organization and on the site.
If you are a project manager, consider accommodations for your staff on the highest heat days. See if a portion of the product can be worked on in the shade, or leave the direct sunlight projects for cooler days.
The professionals at CCS Construction Staffing know how to get the job done, responsibly. With these tips, you can too. For more information on managing a site or tips on a productive work environment, contact us today. Be sure to visit our job board to see what opportunities we can provide.