SUMMER SEASON PRECAUTIONS

Check out these key points to Summer Season Precautions, or download the full article.

Key Points

  • In our industry, summer brings more work, but also more hazards – and not just because of the tasks crew members are completing. Landscape workers face increased risks for heat-related illnesses and skin cancer compared to those in most other industries.
  • Federal OSHA lists grounds maintenance and landscaping services as two of the six industries most affected by heat-related illness. In 2014, more than 2,600 workers across industries experienced heat illness and 18 died on the job from heat stroke and related causes, according to the agency.
  • Heat-related illnesses include dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke – a literal stroke that can be fatal. Know the symptoms of each illness:
         -Dehydration – decreased perspiration; thirst; a cool, clammy feeling; headache; poor appetite; dark-colored urine
         -Heat exhaustion – dizziness, headache, sweaty skin, weakness, cramps, nausea, vomiting, rapid heart beat
         -Heat stroke – Red/dry skin, high temperature, confusion, convulsions, fainting
  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, and sun exposure causes more than 90 percent of skin-cancer cases, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Sun exposure at any age can cause skin cancer.
  • Heat-related illnesses are preventable, as are most skin cancers.