Construction Hazards In The Summer
Safeway Scaffolding encourages safety measures and protection all year around, whatever the month or weather may be. However, we have sectioned these safety measures into segments that will be seasonally appropriate for you to follow. Whilst the winter brings the dreaded dark and icy conditions, the summer can be just as problematic for working in scorching conditions that can be restricting and a danger to your health. Let’s explore the potential construction hazards there are within the summer months within the scaffolding industry and know how to stay safe when working in these conditions.
Sun exposure may be the most obvious, however, the most dangerous construction hazards that you need to be aware of, and keep yourself protected by the sun’s UV rays. Sunburn has been recorded to be the highest complaint in scaffolding from workers during the summer months. Even if you are not visibly burnt, the suns UV rays can damage the skin without you realising, causing a lifetime of unhealthy skin and can result to serious consequences in the future with the possibility of skin cancer. Here at Safeway Scaffolding, we will always advise construction workers during the summer months to always wear sun cream containing at least SPF15-SPF30 that has UVB protection.
We would also advise that you wear a comfortable scaffolding helmet whilst you are working. This helps by safeguarding the head and skin as well as providing cooling protection with a breathable material that is comfortable enough to wear all day. We also provide and encourage that you wear UV eye-protection and loose-fitting clothes that can protect you as well as keeping you cool.
Working within the scaffolding industry during the summer months can often lead to dehydration, especially on the unbearably hot and sticky days. The NHS recommends you should be drinking at least 6 to 8 glasses of water a day. However, when you’re working in the heat, we would recommend drinking up to at least 2 litres of water per day. Your construction site should be able to store bottled water, and plenty of it on the long and hot days over the summer months. Make sure you are taking regular breaks from the sun and into the shade is equally as important to avoid dehydration and headaches occurring. For more advice, read the NHS article on sunburn for more assistance.
The inevitability of clammy, sweaty hands in the summer and working in scaffolding construction tends to go hand in hand with an accident. Make sure you are prepared for the sweat by wearing scaffolding protection gloves that can keep your hands cool, as well as providing protection and safety when handling tools and equipment that can slip easily. These gloves will help to provide a strong grip and are made from a lightweight material that is breathable and comfortable to wear.
Look Out For Your Team
Finally, it is important as an employer, to look out for your workers and other colleagues within your team. Make sure you all have a fair work router so the hottest point of the day is equally spread out. You need to make sure you all understand the early signs of sunstroke and be vigilant of colleagues that might be showing them as they work. Actively practising these simple and effective steps will help you and your workers to stay safe over the summer. If you think you have any other helpful suggestions, we would love to hear from you!
We hope that this has helped you understand some of the dangers and construction hazards the summer months can have on your safety when working in the scaffolding industry, and that this information has been useful. For more information on this, or our services, please call us today on 01675 465593 or fill out our simple contact form.