Now that summer is approaching, Texas workers in many industries will be spending more time outdoors. Many workers in construction and manufacturing will increase their outdoor hours. Around the home, families will head outside to take care of lawns, tend gardens, and prepare patios for summertime entertaining.
Because outdoor workers generally face the highest risks of injury, taking steps to protect your safety when working outdoors can help you have a safe, productive summer.
Five ways to improve your outdoor safety while at work this summer include:
- Using proper safety equipment. Safety gear like eye protection, gloves, and hearing protection can help you prevent both acute injuries and long-term damage. Make sure you have the right safety equipment for the job you’re doing, and use it every time.
- Checking your equipment. Make sure the tools and equipment you use are in good working order. Read the safety information that comes with your equipment or tools for valuable information on safe operation.
- Watching the temperature. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can easily sneak up on workers who aren’t yet acclimated to warmer temperatures. Drink plenty of water and ensure there is a shady spot to rest during regular breaks.
- Dressing properly. Long pants, sturdy footwear, and a hat can all help workers avoid injuries and heat-related illnesses. Workers on construction sites or on roadways may need additional protective gear, like a hard hat or reflective vest.
- Keeping the worksite neat. Store tools, chemicals, and equipment properly and always in the same place. Keep walkways clear of debris to prevent trip and fall accidents.
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