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Staying Hydrated is Very Important on the Jobsite!

Jun.14.2016

With summer just around the corner, it’s important to remember that heat stroke takes many lives every year, especially for those spending a substantial amount of time outside, such as construction workers, park rangers, or farm workers. Many have no choice but to spend many hours under a hot sun, but there are many steps you can take to stay cool and keep well-hydrated no matter the work environment.

THE DANGER OF HEAT STROKE

For some, there are substantial risk factors that can increase your chance of suffering from a heat-related illness. These risk factors include exposure to direct sunlight, additional sources of heat (such as nearby ovens, hot engines or manufacturing kilns), reduced air flow, increased physical activity, heavy protective clothing or machinery, your physical condition, humidity levels, and a person’s age (especially 65 and over). Speaking with a doctor or healthcare professional is the best way to determine your specific risk factors. Also be aware that certain medication can make you more susceptible to heat illnesses, as well as ingesting alcohol or caffeine.

Keeping Hydrated 

The summer heat can lead to sweating, the natural biological reaction to cool your core body temperature. However, the loss of water when you sweat also means your losing important electrolytes. These electrolytes are forms of salt such as sodium, potassium and chloride, all important elements to keep your body functioning. As a result, it’s important to stay hydrated before symptoms of heat stroke take hold.

If you’re performing physical activity in moderate heat, you should have about one cup of water every 20 minutes. If you’re doing highly strenuous activity or working in very high temperatures, you should think about drinking a cup every 10 to 15 minutes. Sports drinks are not necessary for obtaining electrolytes. By eating regular meals and having a salty snack from time to time, you should be able to maintain all your electrolyte requirements.

Employers may provide urine color charts at certain locations on a jobsite to help workers gauge the threat of dehydration. Clear urine usually indicates a worker is receiving enough water to avoid any sort of heat illness, while darker urine indicates workers are not drinking enough water.

Staying Cool in Summer Heat

Whenever you’re physically active, your body is producing heat that can quickly overwhelm you. As a result, it’s essential to take certain steps to cool down your body before a problem arises. For one, when wearing lightweight and light colored clothing helps reduce heat absorption since light colors reflect the sun’s rays. Taking plenty of breaks in an air-conditioned room or an area with plenty of shade also cools your body and helps maintain a normal body temperature.

Examining the weather forecast and tracking temperatures and weather conditions help employers and workers alike make appropriate decisions for determining if outdoor work is safe. If at all possible, work should be rescheduled for a time when temperatures are less extreme. Another great idea is to use work vests that have pockets for placing cold packs. Keeping a cooler on hand stocked with cold water so that workers can have a quick drink or even pour water on their body will help reduce temperatures as well.

Just remember: heat stroke is a real danger. By following a few simple safety precautions and using some of the tips from this article, everyone can help prevent heat stroke and maintain a safe jobsite.

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Safety in the Summer Heat

Jun.07.2016

The first official day of summer is almost upon us (June 20), but we’re already feeling the heat!  Here are some tips for Safety in the Summer Heat.

Replace fluids – Remember to drink water in small amounts but frequently. Keep ample supply of cool water on hand.

Use sunscreen – Choose a sunscreen that offers “full spectrum” protection – one that protects from UVB rays and offers UVA protection as well. If the risk of bug bites is a concern, put sunscreen on first and then insect repellent.

Wear safety glasses – Wear glasses with UV protection. Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs protection from the sun. Eyes can suffer from too much sun exposure as well.

Wear light clothing – If appropriate in the work environment, wear clothing that’s light in color and that’s made out of a lightweight, breathable, non-confining fabric such as cotton.

Know the signs – Be able to recognize signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat exhaustion occurs when you’ve been exposed to high temperatures and you become dehydrated. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke. Heat stroke results when the body’s core temperature exceeds 105 degrees and you start to lose consciousness. Call 911 and seek immediate attention if you or a co-worker becomes ill in the summer heat.

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Crowder Unveils A New, Responsive Website

Jun.01.2016

For over 70 years, Crowder has been building a reputation based on exceptional projects and exceptional people.  To strengthen our efforts to always deliver the highest quality results to each and every client, we’ve updated our website.  Our new website is fully responsive and extremely user friendly.  This new site will improve our online user experience, as it is now easier than ever to learn about our services and get in contact with us.

Get a feel for who we are and learn all about what we do.  Stay up to date on all the latest industry news and check our blog often, as interesting posts will be uploaded regularly.  After you get a chance to look around, let us know what you think.  We hope your like our new site as much as we do!
 

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