By Jerry Rivera, Safety Director of Washington, D.C. Chapter of NECA
The summer season in the Mid-Atlantic has been brutal with temperatures rising well above the 90’s and humidity levels well above 50%. This extreme weather pattern can be particularly dangerous to workers who are required to work outdoors.
The dangers to outdoor workers can manifest themselves in the worst form of heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. These dangers are real and very serious. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that in 2014 over 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. This is a troubling trend since heat illnesses and deaths are more often preventable.