Summer is just around the corner, and the weather is already heating up. Soon construction projects will be getting back in gear and projects will be thriving. But before you get too gung-ho about your next construction project, it’s important to keep in mind that the hot weather will be bringing its own fair share of safety hazards.
That being said, to help you keep your construction team safe this season, here are a few tips you can use to protect your contractors:
- Keep water on hand everywhere. Heat exhaustion is one of the top three heat-related syndromes with heat cramps and heatstroke being the most extreme of them. You can help to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke by keeping your team hydrated and ensuring there is cool water for your contractors to drink throughout the work area.
- Run a rental air conditioner. Speaking of preventing heat stroke, another great way to keep the heat at bay and your team safe is to use a rental air conditioner. Rental air conditioners are great for construction projects because it allows you to keep the area cool for your workers without having to invest entirely in a portable HVAC system.
- Provide shaded areas. Sun exposure can be dangerous, especially when you’re working in the sun for long hours throughout the day. Even with proper hydration, it’s not a good idea to stand in the sun for too long. Your workers could run the risk of heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heatstroke, sunburn, and skin cancer. Keep shaded areas around your worksite and have your contractors take routine breaks throughout the project to keep them safe, cool, and covered.
- Make sure to wear hard hats. Most construction jobs require you to wear a hard hat. But even if your job doesn’t require you to wear a hard hat, it’s best to wear one. This is because your head and neck play a vital role in regulating your body’s temperature. When your head is exposed to the sun for too long, it can put you at greater risk of heat illness. A hard hat helps to protect your head and neck against the sun’s rays.
Looking for a rental air conditioner for your project? We’ve got you covered. Total Construction Rentals offers temporary cooling with portable air conditioner rentals for construction teams and contractors. For more information about HVAC rentals, contact Total Construction Rentals today.