Summer is officially here–and it’s predicted to be a hotter than normal season.
Outdoor workers are exposed to a great deal of heat stress in summer. When heat exposure or physical exertion increases to the point that the body’s attempts to cool itself are no longer effective, heat-related illnesses result.
Newer workers are especially vulnerable. In an OSHA study of 25 incidents of heat-related illness, in almost half of the cases, the worker was on their first day of work; and in 80% of the cases, the worker had only been on the job for four or fewer days.
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), employers should have a plan in place to prevent heat-related illness that includes acclimatization (getting used to weather conditions) of new and returning workers.
When you choose the Tri-State/Service Group, you’re partnering with an experienced and safe roofing contractor. Through our “Working. Safe.” program, we are always working to improve safety performance and minimize risks like these each day–with a zero injury and illness goal.