Construction is a dangerous industry with many hazards, but did you know that according to the US Department of Labor, heat is the leading cause of death due to weather-related hazards in the workplace? Heat-related illnesses are preventable, just like all injuries and fatalities on a jobsite. As Tucker Paving has nearly 30 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry in the heart (and heat!) of The Sunshine State, we know the dangers that heat can pose to workers. Explore what the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is doing to combat heat hazards in the workplace.
OSHA Takes on Heat Hazards
OSHA maintains that heat-related illnesses that result in either injury and death can be averted using common-sense safety measures. They have created a heat campaign to help reduce heat-related illnesses in the workplace and protect workers. Steps OSHA is taking include:
- Educating employers so they understand that the company is responsible for keeping workers safe from heat-related illnesses. Employers need to give employees the resources needed to recognize the hazards, signs, and ways to stay safe regarding heat-related illness.
- Launching the National Emphasis Program, which triggers OSHA inspections on days when the heat index is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or higher in more than 70 industries that are at a high risk for heat-related illnesses.
- Engaging in outreach with unions, employers, and other organizations dedicated to protecting underserved workers.
- Offering the On-Site Consultation Program for small and medium-sized businesses to assist them in identifying and combating heat-related illnesses.
- Providing the Heat Safety Tool app as a free resource to help keep workers safe.
- Taking steps to create a workplace rule that would address heat-related illnesses in the same manner as workplace rules that protect workers from falling from height or entering an unsafe confined space.
At Tucker Paving, safety is always our first priority! We have almost 30 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We use our experience and expertise for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us by calling (863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let us assist you with your next concrete or asphalt paving project!