7 Safety Tips to Protect Workers in Dangerous Heat

With high temperatures scorching parts of the U.S., here are ways to work safely this summer.

Dig Deep

July 10, 2024

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To protect its workers from the extreme summer heat, Western Specialty Contractors manages a heat illness training program and a safety hotline for its employees.

As part of the program, training is provided to all employees and supervisors who work in high temperatures. Training topics include: how heat can affect the body, how to identify the signs and symptoms of various heat-related illnesses, and what to do if a co-worker is experiencing symptoms of a heat-related illness. Western also regulates the hotter environment by providing water and shade to workers and by having supervisors and safety managers monitor the heat index so that the proper protective measures can be taken.

“It is important particularly during the summer months that outdoor workers drink plenty of fluids to help prevent dehydration, which is the primary cause of heat cramps and heat exhaustion,” says Cameron Samuel, assistant safety director at Western Specialty Contractors.

Samuel—who has training and experience managing the health and safety of outdoor workers—offers the following tips for preventing heat-related illnesses on a job site.

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