Hazards To Consider When Working At Heights In The Summer

July 15 2019
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Height access projects are in high demand during the summer. The majority of façade repair works, window cleaning, and painting tasks are best when done in hot and dry weather conditions.

However, the same summer heat, which allows the paint to dry faster, can pose a danger to people working at heights.

By taking advantage of aerial left rental, many companies are simplifying the task of their workers. Meanwhile, numerous hazards are often overlooked in the race to finish projects faster.

The majority of them are related to the health conditions caused by excessive heat.

Heat strokes are highly common among people working at heights. Other unpleasant heat-related conditions include:

  • Heat rashes – appear due to the skin being in constant contact with sweat.
  • Heat syncope – dizziness caused by sudden rising after sitting for a long time in the sun.
  • Heat exhaustion – feeling tired and dizzy even without overworking.
  • Heat cramps – leg and stomach cramps appear due to dehydration

 

Avoiding heat-related illnesses is easy as long as you follow these recommendations:

 

  • Giving employees proper training before the hot season starts. All of them should know the warning signs of heat-related illnesses.
  • Cool drinking water should always be readily available at worksites. When using height-access equipment, workers must bring water bottles with them. It’s vital to drink regularly before the feeling of thirst occurs.
  • Monitoring the temperatures around the work areas. While there is no maximum temperature at which you should stop your workers, it’s important to be reasonable and act according to OSHA requirements.
  • Creating a heat management program in order for the workers to act quickly if there is an emergency. Employees should easily recognize the signs of heat-related illnesses in their co-workers. Work out a “buddy” system.
  • Paying special attention to the uniforms. In the summer, they should be made of natural materials and cover as much skin as possible. Hats are a must.
  • Trying to schedule work for the coolest parts of the day.

It’s important to understand that even though summer is the time to complete numerous projects, forgetting about the dangers of heat is unacceptable.

At the first sign of heat stroke symptoms, the workers must be taken to the emergency room. Heat stroke can result in quick death.

Try to shield your workers from the sun and offer them proper heat protection. With the right approach, it’s possible to get the most out of the summer.

WHAT IS IPAF

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) promotes the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide in the widest sense – through providing technical advice and information; through influencing and interpreting legislation and standards; and through safety initiatives and training programmes. IPAF is a not-for-profit organisation owned by its members, which include manufacturers, rental companies, distributors, contractors and users. IPAF members operate a majority of the MEWP rental fleet worldwide and manufacture about 85% of platforms on the market.
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