For many parts of the country, summer months mean increased temperatures dehydration to outright heat stroke, is a constant worry. Review the additional hazards of working in high heat and humidity during site safety briefings. Be sure the job plan includes breaks and plenty of water.
1. Learn how to recognize heat injuries in yourself and other crew members. Look at abatement strategies and proper treatment. If caught early, heat injuries can often be lessened or avoided. Should a crew member become incapacitated by the heat, get proper medical care promptly. Heat injuries are serious — just because there is no blood does not mean a crew member may not need medical care. As with so many things, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
2. Warm weather means other forms of life are more active. Bees, wasps and other stinging insects can be hidden in tree canopies or trunk cavities. In early summer, wildlife may be breeding or have young broods. Beware of animals that may be more aggressive because of these cycles.
3. Be thorough in risk assessments and inspect for wildlife before starting work. If crew members have any allergies, be sure the entire crew is aware and knows what to do should an incident occur. Make necessary medications or other forms of treatment handy, and be trained to use them.
4. Not all pests are four-legged. Be able to identify poisonous plants; even a mild allergic reaction can cause discomfort. Develop a plan to avoid exposure to reaction-causing plants in your area.
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