With the heat of the Summer coming, I cannot help but think about how it will affect my crews. Even though we always have safety in mind, the heat can can have a drastic effect on what we do.
Heat can cause fatigue, thirst, and possibly injuries. We work long, hard days and the heat can make you very tired. I always encourage my employees to take regular breaks and drink plenty of water.
Sweating is another concern. There are times when you need to focus on what you are doing and if sweat was to run in your eye, it can case a problem. We wear bandanas and carry rags to wipe the sweat away. Another issue with sweat is losing grip on ropes and guide wires. Most times gloves are used, but sometimes we have work that is intricate and gloves are not used, but when they are, we choose gloves that will allow hands to breath and wick away the sweat.
Even though most projects are located in an area that are shaded by the tall buildings, the heat is still prevalent. Then there are times where we are working where there is no protection from the sun. I highly encourage my crews to use sunscreen and hats (when not wearing hard hats) when they are at these locations.
The most important thing to me as the owner is that my crews are safe and and do a quality job. We hold regular safety meetings where we are educated about safety. We also inspect all of our equipment regularly.
Thank you for reading and if you have any safety best practices that you would like to share, please do so in the comments.
Kim Smith – CEO