Florida’s summers can be brutally hot and humid, and it’s especially dangerous for those working outdoors in the heat. Construction workers are prime candidates for suffering from a hot Florida day, with those in roofing and road work being at a higher risk. There are many factors at play that lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke, both of which are dangerous health conditions. As Florida’s temperatures and humidity rise, it’s important to know how to keep workers safe.
Factors That Lead to Heat-Related Illnesses
There are many factors that put workers at risk of developing heat-related illnesses while on the job. Construction companies and those in supervisory roles need to look for:
- No Time for Heat Acclimation. Those working in a hot environment, such as outdoors in Florida, need time to get acclimated to hot and humid conditions. When the weather slowly warms up over a period of days, the body can adjust and acclimate to higher temperatures. However, if hot temperatures come on quickly, or if a new or returning worker is just starting to work in hot conditions, then heat-related illnesses are much more likely.
- High Humidity. The body cools itself by sweating, and the sweat is evaporated off the skin; this cools the body down. However, Florida’s common high humidity in the rainy season means that sweat is less likely to evaporate. Then, the body can’t cool itself and heat-related illnesses are much more likely.
- Too Much Clothing. Many construction sectors require workers to wear pants, cover their arms, and more. Clothing can hold in heat and restrict sweat evaporation.
- Dehydration. Workers must drink water or sports drinks to replace liquids lost from sweating. Soda, coffee, and alcohol can increase dehydration.
- Health Conditions. Many health conditions and medications increase susceptibility to heat-related illnesses. Different workers will have varying tolerances to heat.
- Supervisors should watch for the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke—thirst, irritability, rash, cramping, lack of sweating, confusion, disorientation, slurred speech, or unconsciousness. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that should involve calling 911 and moving the affected worker somewhere cool and shaded. Supervisors and employees should be trained to recognize the signs of both heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
At Tucker Paving, we take the safety of our workers and clients very seriously. One way we demonstrate this commitment is by conducting safety walkarounds. What is a safety walkaround? Glad you asked! A safety walkaround is basically a tour of the jobsite with the intention of finding and correcting any safety concerns.
The Safety Walkaround, Broken Down
There are three stages to a safety walkaround, and each stage plays an important part in the overall safety of the entire team. At Tucker Paving, we don’t believe in cutting corners, so when we do a safety check, we make sure it’s done right.
- Pre-inspection. Before starting any walkaround, it’s important to identify any areas of concern, plus schedule a time that will be convenient for any managers, officials, or safety committee members that should be involved. Make sure that any necessary equipment will be ready, and that you have the appropriate attire for the worksite.
- Inspection time. While doing the walkaround, keep a sharp eye out for things that be potential safety issues, such as tripping hazards, blocked exits, poorly maintained equipment, frayed or exposed electrical components, needless clutter, etc.
- Post-inspection. A report and abatement plan should be drafted soon after the inspection which includes a timeline for corrective actions to be taken. This should be shared with all involved parties and updated as improvements are implemented.
Better Safe Than Sorry
At Tucker Paving, we work hard to ensure our work is done on time, within budget, and safely. The well-being of our workers and clients is of paramount importance to us. When you need paving work done, trust Tucker Paving to get the job done right. Give us a call at (863) 294-1007 for an estimate, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nobody likes being cheated, so protect yourself from asphalt scams by calling a REAL pro – like Tucker Paving.
It’s a sad fact that our world is full of individuals looking to make an easy buck by taking advantage of other people through lies and deception. Scam artists abound in just about every arena, including the world of construction and paving. Here at Tucker Paving, we truly abhor hearing stories about good citizens getting ripped off by shady contractors and crooked con artists.
We at Tucker Paving have heard some real horror stories of people paying thousands of dollars for shoddy work that wasn’t even completed by swindlers who had no business running any type of equipment. Protect yourself from being a victim by following a few easy steps.
- Have the work done on YOUR terms. First off, if you need your driveway paved, call a few reputable companies for estimates and go with the one you feel most confident about. Don’t give an important job to someone who just wanders up to your doorstep unexpectedly to offer you a deal too good to be true.
- Check their credentials. Any legitimate company will make it easy for you to ascertain their certification and credibility. If they can’t show you that they’re appropriately licensed, assume that they aren’t.
- Be suspicious of huge discounts. Scammers often offer their services at ridiculously low prices. If someone offers to do a job at a significantly lower rate than any other company in the area, watch out. There’s a good chance they will just take your money and disappear.
- Get it in writing. Verbal contracts are difficult to enforce, so get everything in writing. They don’t want to sign a proper contract? Tell them to get lost!
Thieves know what they’re doing, and they know it’s wrong. Don’t count on them to suddenly change. Protect yourself, your property, and your investments by knowing what to watch out for, and when you need a professional company to handle your paving needs, count on Tucker Paving.
Green options can be affordable and aesthetic for patios, walkways, and more.
Going green is a big deal these days, with the increasingly worrisome news about global climate concerns. There is always something we can do as individuals to lessen our environmental impact, especially when we undertake construction or paving projects. Tucker Paving understands the urgency of taking better care of the land we use, and we do what we can to encourage our clients to use environmentally friendly strategies in their projects, like using green designs for patios and walkways.
Going Green in Paving Projects
The good news is that using green options for patios and walkways can be an affordable choice. Using bricks or pavers will have a comparable cost to good quality concrete. Tucker Paving can walk you through all of your options.
- Use recycled materials. One of the best ways to reduce environmental impact is by using reclaimed materials instead of new ones. This drastically reduces the amount of energy and resources used to produce the materials for your project, plus it reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills.
- Use permeable paving solutions. Driveways, walkways, and patios can be made from gravel, spaced bricks, pavers, stone, and other materials that allow more water to seep into the soil, reducing runoff that can pollute local bodies of water.
- Use local materials. Whenever possible, opt for locally produced materials. This is another way to decrease the amount of energy used to transport materials from the production site to the construction site.
Go Green to Show You Care
The truth is, we all need to share this one planet for generations to come, so it’s up to all of us to do our part to take care of it. Tucker Paving is committed to good environmental stewardship, and we are happy to talk to you about how you can reduce your impact in your next paving project, just give us a call!