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How to Protect Construction Workers from Weather Hazards


Working in the construction industry means working outdoors, which means weather conditions are a critical factor in your employees' work environment. Outdoor workers are exposed to many types of hazards depending on their type of work, geographic region, season and duration of time they are outside.

Weather hazards to outdoor workers may include extreme heat, extreme cold, lightning, and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Extreme heat can result in a heat stroke, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and a heat rash. Extreme cold can cause hypothermia and frostbite. Lightning, of course, is a serious threat to outdoor construction workers, and UV radiation is associated with sunburn and skin cancer.

If you employ outdoor workers, now is a good time to review your company policies regarding the protection of those workers from the elements. You can begin to protect your company from situations like those described above by adhering to the following suggestions:

Review and revise your current policy now, and protect your workers from weather-related incidents on your construction sites.

This article appeared in the October 2010 issue of Construction Business Owner.


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