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									Beat the Heat on the Construction Site
              Education is the key to conquering any kind of jobsite safety risk, and the summer
     heat is no exception. We take heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and other heat-related threats
     very seriously, and as the temperatures climb, we discuss their warning signs and remedies at
     our biweekly meetings of superintendents as well as at the biweekly meetings each super
     holds on jobsites for his crews.

            Our crews know that the warning signs of heat-related illnesses include clammy skin,
     confusion, and weakness

              We also take preventive measures. For example, we provide water on each jobsite
     and encourage workers to frequently drink small amounts. Drinking massive quantities of
     water can be just as dangerous as being dehydrated. If supers buy water or ice for their
     jobsite, we reimburse them.

             Other measures on very hot days include keeping fans running to circulate air,
     running the office 's air conditioning on inside jobs, giving all field staff Mark IV baseball
     hats to keep the sun off their face, and having more breaks than the usual three (15 minutes
     in the morning and afternoon, and 30 minutes for lunch).

              Above all, we're always conscious of heat-related risks. For instance, if we see a guy
     sitting in front of a fan, it might be a good idea to ask if he's feeling lightheaded. Everybody
     knows the signs, but they don't always chalk it up to the heat, so we err on the side of safety

Common sense and prompt treatment can protect the whole crew.

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