Work that must done in elevated temperatures keeps the workforce at risk for heat-related illnesses: heat rash, cramps, exhaustion and stroke. According to the United States Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA), every year, thousands of workers become ill from heat exposure, and some even die a preventable death that could be avoided with water, rest, and shade. From 2008 through2012, there were 17 heat-related fatalities in Texas and 98 fatalities nation-wide. Industries are recognizing this rising problem and installing required “Cool Down Trailers" during turnaround/pit stop and project work activity.
• Skin that feels hot and dry, but not sweaty,
• Vomiting, and
• Shortness of breath or trouble breathing.
Costs of Heat Illness $-$$$$
What $$$ can’t replace