Extreme heat creates many risks in construction. As an employee in this industry, not only should you be aware of illnesses caused by the heat, but you also need to be mindful of how high temperatures can cause physical and mental impairments that can lead to falls and know how to prevent this hazard.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asserts that heat exposure increases the risk of workers experiencing a traumatic injury, such as a fall. This can be due to the following heat-related effects:
Hot conditions can also lead to cloudy or foggy eyewear that can impact vision.
There are several ways you can reduce your risk of suffering a heat-related illness or impairment that could cause a fall. Strategies to consider include:
By being proactive and aware of the risks extreme heat presents, you can reduce the risks associated with extreme heat, including heat-related falls.
For additional safety tips, contact your supervisor.
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