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How does the summer months affect construction safety?

With summer quickly approaching, the hot weather months offer construction workers new challenges. Construction work-sites are hazardous by nature, but new difficulties arise when the weather changes and work zones are outside. A good way to avoid the trouble of workers compensation and personal injury claims is to know how to avoid accidents in the first place.

New York can experience severe temperatures during its peak summer months. The weather often plays a vital role in the flow of construction projects as well as how crew members interact with their environment to get the job done. Not only do workers need the right safety gear and equipment, but also the right precaution against heat-related injuries.

Beware of the glare

Strong sun glare can bounce on glass and cause a dangerous glare. This can be risky when installing glass windows or working around areas with large glass panes. You may consider working at a time of day when the sun won’t be hitting the site or using sunglasses.

Dangerous dehydration

Whether working inside or out—extreme summer heat raises the risk of heat exhaustion and dehydration. Humidity amplifies this effect and often traps the city pollutants when there is no wind to break the stagnant air. It is important to have plenty of fresh water available and fans if possible.

Healthy workers are productive workers

Without taking necessary measures to combat the effect of high temperatures, worker’s health may quickly decline causing symptoms of:

  • Dizziness
  • Inability to focus
  • Headaches
  • Double vision
  • Fainting

If you already have chronic health conditions, it may become worse when exposed to extreme heat during a construction project. These risks may be avoided with smart planning, preparation and safety inspection of the construction zone. Although it may take extra steps to adapt to the challenges summer brings, it can be worth it when you avoid costly injuries and potential time off work.

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