Yesterday I was asked to walk a new construction site to help complete permit application that the construction manager forgot to submit. During the walk thru I noticed something was missing – water. It was late in the afternoon and the temperature was around 85 degrees. There were still 23 guys on the project, but only about 2 gallons of water available. They needed more than 5 gallons an hour to comply with OSHA’s Heat Illness Standard.
While summer is heading towards the end, the heat is still here and water still needs to be made available. Just because it is late in the afternoon, don’t think that heat illness can’t strike – it can. Make sure your staff have plenty of water available and close at hand. 2 people died from work-related heat exposure in July and OSHA is beaming down on employers to ensure they are following this standard.
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