Roofing is uncomfortable work this time of year—and it could be deadly. Make sure you take the proper steps to avoid heat-related illnesses.
Every year, dozens of workers die and thousands more become ill while working in extreme heat or humid conditions. Almost half of those deaths are in the construction industry. When heat stroke doesn’t kill immediately, it can shut down major body organs causing acute heart, liver, kidney and muscle damage, nervous system problems, and blood disorders.
OSHA recommends work practices such as work/rest cycles, drinking water often, and providing an opportunity for workers to build up a level of tolerance to working in the heat. In fact, they have devoted an entire section of their website to keeping workers safe in the heat, complete with tips, videos and graphics you can use with your crew, and free educational and training materials in both English and Spanish. Check it out here.