The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are asking construction workers in the Southern United States to plan ‘safety stand-downs’ as temperatures are expected to increase throughout June. Workers will take a one hour break and review safety and preventative measures to curb the dangers of heat-related illness.
OSHA began the one hour stand-downs on June 4 in Georgia, Alabama and other Southern states. OSHA officials claim that heat-related illness is one of the most dangerous hazards facing workers in the region. OSHA will be passing out literature at sites in both English and Spanish for employers and employees both.
“This stand-down is intended for all those working in hot weather, such as workers in agriculture, construction, baggage handling, roofing and landscaping, and others who work outdoors,” said Southeast OSHA administrator Teresa Harrison. “It is the employer’s responsibility to protect workers from injury and illness.”
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Tip of the week: According to OSHA, heat-related illness has killed more than 30 workers each year over the past 10 years.
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