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Keeping Workers Safe in the Heat

Keeping Workers Safe in the Heat

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It was blazing hot outside today, and local landscaping and construction companies took heed to keep workers safe from heat stress.  With temperatures tipping into the low nineties, it’s the hottest it’s been on this day since 2012.  Lem Turner, owner of the Yard Doctor, a landscaping company in Charlotte, has a plan to protect his crew.  “They usually wear long sleeve shirts and khakis.  The long sleeve shirts keep the sun directly off the body.  As it stays off the body, the body can cool itself by sweating. Everybody has a hat on every day.”

OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, says it’s important to slather on the sunscreen.  Staying hydrated helps, and hats are a must.  The Leeper Construction crew followed OSHA’s directives as the guys built a house in West Charlotte.  Hess Hempstead worked as project manager on site, and he made sure the workers took regular breaks and drank plenty of water.  It’s a practice crews followed across Charlotte Tuesday.

OSHA issued these guidelines to keep workers safe from heat stress - like heat stroke, exhaustion, cramps and rashes:

·        Replace fluids

·        Reduce physical demands

·        Provide recovery areas

·        Reschedule hot jobs

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