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Electric Heaters for Construction Sites Prevent "Cold Stress"

Posted by Tina Behnke

Electric-Heaters-for-Consruction-SitesThose in the construction industry are accustomed to working with the weather. If it's the hottest day on record, the rainiest day on record, the middle of a blizzard, or frigidly cold, those on the construction site are trained to work around it, work through it, or wait it out.

As many parts of the country shivered through the polar vortex, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advises construction workers to be vigilant about signs of cold stress. Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures could cause significant health impairments like trench foot, frostbite, and hypothermia.

Some signs and symptoms to watch for, include:

  • uncontrolled shivering,

  • slurred speech,

  • clumsy movements,

  • fatigue, and

  • confused behavior.

To protect your workers, provide electric heaters for your construction sites. We offer affordable electric heaters that produce no fumes or moisture and are safe to use in small spaces without ventilation. OSHA recommends encouraging workers to take regular breaks in heated spaces to warm up. 

In addition to providing electric heaters, OSHA suggests several other protective measures for working in the cold:

  • Encourage workers to wear appropriate clothing, including layers.

  • Schedule work for the warmest part of the day.

  • Avoid exhaustion and fatigue, as the body requires energy to keep its muscles warm.

  • When possible, require workers to work in pairs, so they might be alert to signs and symptoms of cold stress in the other.

  • Drink warm, sweet beverages.

  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

  • Eat warm, high-calorie foods.

  • Educate workers on the signs and symptoms of cold stress and emergency procedures to address them.

It can be a dangerous time of the year. We want you to be safe and warm. Let us know how we can help keep workers safe and your projects on schedule.

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