First half of 2016: on track to surpass 2015 as hottest on record

According to the US Department of Labor, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes while on the job in 2014.

2015 was globally the warmest year since records began in 1880.

According to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2016 is on track to surpass last year as the hottest on record.

Our group recognizes the additional danger higher temperatures pose to the safety and well-being of our workers. We follow OSHA guidelines and recommendations for training, communication, monitoring, and establishing emergency action plans–our goal: zero incidents or injuries:

  • Alert workers of high risk conditions
  • Actively encourage workers to drink plenty of water (about 4 cups/hour)**
  • Limit physical exertion (e.g. use mechanical lifts)
  • Have a knowledgeable person at the worksite who is well-informed about heat-related illness and able to determine appropriate work/rest schedules
  • Establish and enforce work/rest schedules
  • Adjust work activities (e.g., reschedule work, pace/rotate jobs)
  • Use cooling techniques
  • Watch/communicate with workers at all times

First Half of 2016 Blows Away Temperature Records.