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Preventing Injuries on Summertime Construction Sites

Did you know that construction sites are more dangerous in the summer? According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more workers injured during the summer months than at any other time of the year. In professions requiring outdoor work, like construction, that’s particularly true. More homes are built during the summer when the weather is better and the days are longer. 

Several factors may be responsible for summer construction injuries. If you’ve been injured on a construction site, in any season, a Chicago personal injury attorney can help you to get the compensation you deserve. 

Understanding the Unique Risks of Summer Construction

There are specific hazards that come with working in construction during the hotter months. These may include dehydration, heat exhaustion or stroke, an increased risk of accidents due to sweaty palms or blurred vision, etc. Heat can cause drowsiness. The longer workday may increase fatigue. 

How can you cut down on summer construction injuries? Here are some ways to mitigate the effects of working in summer heat:

  • Take breaks often, to cool off
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially water
  • Wear lightweight clothing, preferably made of breathable fabric
  • Wear a hat or helmet to keep the sun off of your face
  • Stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are especially dangerous in the summer months, but breaks and hydration help. They are not the only potential hazards of working in the summer heat. Burns may result from contact with hot metals. Summer showers can cause slick conditions leading to falls or vehicle accidents. Equipment failure can result from the heat. 

Proper Training and Safety Education

Proper training for construction workers should include an understanding of the unique risks found on construction sites in the summer. For instance, workers handling metal should try not to leave it in the sun, and if that’s unavoidable they should wear gloves to prevent burns. Workers should be made aware of the risks if they don’t consume enough water to prevent dehydration.

Employers are obligated to offer programs that include potential hazards and how to react in emergencies. 

Steps to Take if Injury Occurs

If heat stroke occurs, get the worker to a shaded spot, preferably inside where there’s air conditioning, and bathe them with cool water. Call an ambulance.

If you are injured while at work on a construction site, it’s critical to seek medical attention right away and report the injury to your employer. If the injury falls under the workman’s compensation category, it’s very important to report it so the employer can start the process. 

If the injury is not work-related, it would still be wise to consult an attorney. The issue could be premises liability or even possibly product liability. If a suit will need to be filed, an experienced Chicago personal injury attorney will need to investigate immediately and advise you of your options. Call us today for a consultation.