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CONSTRUCTION WORKER
SUMMER SAFETY
Tips on Preventing
Workers’ Comp Claims
JEFF HECHT
Payroll & PEO Expert
jhecht@sourceonepartners.com
CONSTRUCTION
SITE DANGERS
Construction work has one of
the highest rates of illness and
injury, according to the U.S.
Department of Labor.
Dangers of construction
work include:
Working in high places.
Working with hazardous and/
or dangerous materials.
Physically-demanding work.
Dealing with all weather
conditions.
Outdoor laborers are
susceptible to heat-related
illnesses, especially in summer.
Heat Rash Heat Cramps Heat Syncope
dizziness or
fainting
Heat Exhaustion Heat Stroke
TYPES OF HEAT STRESS
zzz z
z
Heat syncope and heat exhaustion are warning signs of heat stroke and should be taken seriously.
zzz z
z
SYMPTOMS OF
HEAT EXHAUSTION
Anyone experiencing signs of heat exhaustion should
be allowed to rest in the shade and rehydrate with
water or a sports drink.
	Nausea
	Shallow breathing
	Extreme fatigue
	Heavy sweating
	Dizziness
	Fainting
SYMPTOMS OF
HEAT STROKE
If a worker is experiencing signs of heat stroke, call 911
immediately and notify a supervisor. Move the worker
to the shade and drench him or her with cool water
until help arrives.
	High body
temperature
	Skin that’s both hot
and dry to the touch
	 Profuse sweating
	 Slurred speech
	Confusion
	Dizziness
	Throbbing headache
	 Body chills
	Hallucinations
HOW TO AVOID HEAT-
RELATED ILLNESSES
COMPANIES
Allow new workers to acclimate slowly
by working shorter shifts until they
become used to it.
Provide cool, shaded areas on
construction sites.
Make cool water and opportunities to
rest available to workers.
Provide proper training on the signs of
heat stress, prevention and treatment.
EMPLOYEES
Drink water every 15 minutes, even if
you don’t feel thirsty.
Wear a hat and light-colored clothing
to protect from sun exposure.
Keep an eye on fellow workers that
may be experiencing signs of trouble.
KEEPING WORKERS’ COMP
COSTS DOWN
The best way to avoid increases in Workers’
Compensation rates is to avoid claims.
Follow the guidelines provided by the
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) to keep workers safe.
Provide the proper training to workers.
Comply with local and state laws.
If you are in need of workers’ comp
or want to lower your rates, contact
SourceOne Partners for a free quote.
ABOUT SOURCEONE PARTNERS
SourceOne Partners is a leader in the professional employer organization (PEO)
and payroll industry. We work with small businesses, PC brokers, payroll reps,
CPAs and others to provide consulting services on a variety of outsourced
business services, including human resources, payroll, employee benefits, workers’
compensation and more.
Call 561-674-0748 for a free PEO or payroll quote today or visit
sourceonepartners.com.
Tips on Preventing Workers' Compensation Claims: Construction Worker Summer Safety

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Tips on Preventing Workers' Compensation Claims: Construction Worker Summer Safety

  • 1. CONSTRUCTION WORKER SUMMER SAFETY Tips on Preventing Workers’ Comp Claims
  • 2. JEFF HECHT Payroll & PEO Expert jhecht@sourceonepartners.com
  • 3. CONSTRUCTION SITE DANGERS Construction work has one of the highest rates of illness and injury, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Dangers of construction work include: Working in high places. Working with hazardous and/ or dangerous materials. Physically-demanding work. Dealing with all weather conditions. Outdoor laborers are susceptible to heat-related illnesses, especially in summer.
  • 4. Heat Rash Heat Cramps Heat Syncope dizziness or fainting Heat Exhaustion Heat Stroke TYPES OF HEAT STRESS zzz z z Heat syncope and heat exhaustion are warning signs of heat stroke and should be taken seriously.
  • 5. zzz z z SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION Anyone experiencing signs of heat exhaustion should be allowed to rest in the shade and rehydrate with water or a sports drink. Nausea Shallow breathing Extreme fatigue Heavy sweating Dizziness Fainting
  • 6. SYMPTOMS OF HEAT STROKE If a worker is experiencing signs of heat stroke, call 911 immediately and notify a supervisor. Move the worker to the shade and drench him or her with cool water until help arrives. High body temperature Skin that’s both hot and dry to the touch Profuse sweating Slurred speech Confusion Dizziness Throbbing headache Body chills Hallucinations
  • 7. HOW TO AVOID HEAT- RELATED ILLNESSES COMPANIES Allow new workers to acclimate slowly by working shorter shifts until they become used to it. Provide cool, shaded areas on construction sites. Make cool water and opportunities to rest available to workers. Provide proper training on the signs of heat stress, prevention and treatment. EMPLOYEES Drink water every 15 minutes, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Wear a hat and light-colored clothing to protect from sun exposure. Keep an eye on fellow workers that may be experiencing signs of trouble.
  • 8. KEEPING WORKERS’ COMP COSTS DOWN The best way to avoid increases in Workers’ Compensation rates is to avoid claims. Follow the guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to keep workers safe. Provide the proper training to workers. Comply with local and state laws. If you are in need of workers’ comp or want to lower your rates, contact SourceOne Partners for a free quote.
  • 9. ABOUT SOURCEONE PARTNERS SourceOne Partners is a leader in the professional employer organization (PEO) and payroll industry. We work with small businesses, PC brokers, payroll reps, CPAs and others to provide consulting services on a variety of outsourced business services, including human resources, payroll, employee benefits, workers’ compensation and more. Call 561-674-0748 for a free PEO or payroll quote today or visit sourceonepartners.com.