Driver Safety – Preventing Heat Related Accidents

Posted May 31, 2018 by Erin in News, Transportation | 0 comments

DRIVER SAFETY: PREVENTING HEAT-RELATED ACCIDENTS

Whether they’re driving, unloading, tarping, or any number of other tasks they perform on a daily basis, your drivers are working in the heat during the summer months.  They may not realize it, but the summer heat presents a serious risk to their health if they don’t take proper precautions to avoid heat exhaustion, or worse heat stroke.

At Cline Wood, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, it’s our mission to partner with you in ensuring your drivers are safe, accident-free, and avoid costly claims that can have a major impact on both your drivers and your business. Below are several great heat stress tips that we strongly encourage you to share with your drivers and incorporate into your safety training.

Keep employees as cool as possible

Encourage your employees to use these tips for staying safe in the heat:

  • Drink plenty of water. In hot weather, drink enough to quench your thirst. The average adult needs eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day and even more during heat spells.
  • Dress for the weather. When outdoors, wear lightweight clothing made of natural fabrics and a well-ventilated hat.
  • Stay inside if possible. Do strenuous outdoor tasks early or late in the day.
  • Eat light. Replace heavy or hot meals with lighter, refreshing foods.

Heat exhaustion, heat stress and heat stroke are not to be messed around with. If an employee starts to experience:

  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, headache and vomiting
  • Blurry vision
  • Body temperature rising to 101°F
  • Sweaty skin
  • Feeling hot and thirsty
  • Difficulty speaking

Get the person cooled down, out of the sun and the necessary medical assistance.

Read more about the symptoms and first aid treatments on our MMA blog and also learn more about Resources available from OSHA/NIOSH, including their Heat Safety Tool and how it can help you determine the heat index, precautions to take in the day’s heat and more.

For more information or assistance, please contact us at safetrucking@clinewood.com.  We appreciate your safety efforts!

 

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