A lot of attention has been paid lately to the plight of farm workers who labor in extreme heat in California. But heat stress dangers aren’t limited to the agriculture industry.
A construction worker in Corpus Christi, TX, died of heat stroke.
On Aug. 5, 32-year-old Guadalupe Liscano was part of a home-building crew.
Co-workers found him slumped over, lying in the sun at about 2:30 p.m.
He was taken to the hospital where he later died. The medical examiner said he died of heat stroke.
What are some employers doing to help their outdoor workers stay safe from extreme heat?
MCO Construction in Miami puts a safety flier in employees’ paycheck envelopes to remind them of the dangers of heat stress, and also provides extra water and holds regular safety meetings when temperatures rise.
MCO’s crews also change from their company red to white shirts, which are more comfortable in the heat.
Florida Power & Light C. incorporates a “buddy system” asking co-workers to watch each other for signs of heat stress.
How do you help your outdoor workers cope with extreme heat? Let us know in the Comments Box below.