How You Can Beat the Heat on a Construction Site

How You Can Beat the Heat on a Construction Site

by Proforma Construction, July 9, 2019

Try out these suggestions to keep your construction crew cool this summer.

Now that summer is here, temperatures are rising every day.  With your workers toiling outside in the intense heat, it’s vital that you take precautions to ensure that they aren’t putting themselves at risk.  Here are some of the suggestions that you should try to keep your construction crew safe this summer.

Keep Them Hydrated

The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is by staying well-hydrated.  While this might seem obvious, workers still need to be encouraged to drink.  You can make it easy for your crew to stay well-hydrated by offering fresh, cool water on the site.  Additionally, you should advise your workers to limit their consumption of caffeinated or sugary drinks as these beverages can actually cause you to become dehydrated.

Adjust Start Times

During the summer, you want to avoid working during the hottest parts of the day.  To avoid these times, you should try to adjust your start times.  Starting work earlier in the day will ensure that the bulk of physical activity takes place during the cool morning hours.

Encourage Your Crew to Rest

When it’s hot outside, you should encourage your crew to take frequent breaks in the shade where they can rehydrate and lower their body temperatures.  If there are no natural sources of shade, then make sure that you set up tents where your crew can escape the sun.

Watch Out for Signs of Heat-Related Illness

Finally, you and your workers need to know the early signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.  This way, you can get medical help for any crew members who are experiencing symptoms.  Things to look out for include the following:

  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry, hot skin
  • Mental confusion
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Convulsions
  • Cramps

These are some of the things that you can do to keep your construction crew cool this summer.  Are you looking for more advice on your commercial construction project?  If so, then contact your Pleasanton contractor at Proforma Construction.   Serving Pleasanton and the surrounding California area, our highly-trained team is ready to make your commercial construction dreams a reality.