Construction workers braving intense heat

Posted at 3:38 PM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-10 20:44:37-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Summer in Tennessee can take a toll on people. Outdoor workers are especially vulnerable to the high temperatures.

Some effects of possible overexposure are heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, rashes, and fatigue.

Dr. Corey Slovis with Vanderbilt urges workers to listen to their body. If you're not feeling well, get out of the heat. Hydration goes a long way too, even if its just drinking small amounts often.

"Taking frequent breaks, keeping yourself as cool as possible, drinking plenty of fluids is the safe and best way to work outdoors," said Dr. Slovis.

OSHA does have guidelines for working in extreme heat. They include employers providing workers with water, rest and shade. Also allowing new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they build a tolerance for working in the heat. Employers should monitor workers for signs of illness.

If your job is flexible, you may want to think about rescheduling jobs for the cooler part of the day.

OSHA does have a heat safety app that you can download on your phone. The app is filled with safety recommendations and weather updates.