Everyone loves road construction. That’s why we see Canadians slowing down across the country every year to enjoy the sights. What we often don’t consider, though, are the people working hard in the heat.
Because road construction is so much fun, we forget that there are people working out there. The point of this blog is not to provide safety tips for people working on or near road construction, but to remind the drivers out there that members of the Chandos family are conducting work on or around roadways.
We all slow down to enjoy road construction because people’s lives matter more than our anticipated time of arrival.
Reduced Speed signs are important to recognize and obey for the following reasons:
1. Unexpected vehicles move out onto roadways from construction zones
2. Workers are present on or near roadways.
3. Speed fines double.
Before you take off for the next long weekend, consult the highway maps for your area.
30℃ is the optimal temperature for a shady summer picnic, but for those of us with jobs, it’s the temperature we begin to implement safety precautions and heighten awareness about heat stress.
When the body enters heat stress, it is trying to regulate its internal temperature. In extreme cases, an individual can become dehydrated and develop incredibly serious symptoms.
When working outside during the summer, our Chandos teams keep each other safe by monitoring and treating the following symptoms of heat stress:
- Heat rash
Appears as red, sensitive spots on skin
Treatment: Enter a cool environment, wash skin with clean, cool water
- Heat cramps
Soreness and siezing of muscles, due to loss of salt and water through sweat
Treatment: Drink commercially available electrolyte replacing beverages and massage sore muscles.
- Heat exhaustion
Heat exhaustion occurs when the body can no longer push blood to vital organs. The symptoms include weakness, headache, nausea and vomiting, and feeling faint
Treatment: heat exhaustion casualties respond quickly to prompt first aid. If not treated promptly, however, heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke.
If heat stroke occurs, call 911, notify your Superintendent and help the victim cool down:
- Move victim to cool place
- Remove unnecessary clothing
- Provide cold drinking water
- Sponge or shower victim with cold water
To help prevent these symptoms from occurring, you can:
- Wear light clothing that allows for the evaporation of sweat.
- Drink water on a schedule (do not wait until you become thirsty).
- Avoid hot, heavy meals while working.
- Take microbreaks to allow the body to rest and cool down.
Know what weather conditions you will be working in.