Working at a construction site – or in many other fields of manual labor – comes with many risks, many of them related to injury. From falls to hearing damage to damage to your feet, the risks of the typical construction worker are often much higher than the risks faced by someone who, say, works at a desk job instead. In addition to this, the weather can prove to be dangerous to the average construction worker as well, both in terms of the heat as well as in terms of the extreme cold.
With extreme cold, hypothermia becomes a very real danger. Hypothermia is more common than people realize, as it occurs whenever the internal core temperature of any person is seen to dip below 95 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold can also reduce mobility, which can lead to the increased likelihood of accidents due to clumsiness occurring at any construction site. If a temporary heating system is not brought out to help the workers stay warm – and safe – the potential for danger increases exponentially.
Fortunately, temporary heating systems are common at construction sites throughout the country, from rental heaters to propane heater rentals. Temporary heating systems are likely to come in all shapes and sizes, meaning that there is a temporary heating system that will work for just about any and even construction site seen throughout the United States. Of course, there will be cases of severe weather that even a temporary heating system can’t touch. In these cases, it is advisable to halt construction until the weather clears up, warms up, and becomes safe to work in again.
Of course, severe heat represents the flip side to extreme cold and the need for temporary heating systems, and it is a type of weather that can be just as dangerous as the cold, if not even more so. In fact, there are three types of heat illnesses that construction workers and other manual laborers will need to watch out for, especially as these conditions will progress into the others if they are not treated in time. The first type of heat sickness is that of heat cramps. Heat cramps are the least severe form of all heat illnesses, and can be treated with relative ease.
However, heat cramps can quickly progress into heat exhaustion if not treated and taken seriously, and heat exhaustion is the more serious of the two conditions. Finally, untreated heat exhaustion will lead, all too rapidly, to heat stroke. Heat stroke must be treated urgently and promptly, as it can prove to be very serious if not recognized and treated early on in the condition. Fortunately, heat stroke can be prevented at construction sites through the recognition of heat illnesses and the treating of them before they become serious. The use of a rental air conditioner can also help to prevent any and all heat related illnesses before they ever occur in the first place, much as a temporary heating system will prevent hypothermia.
But even the typical office space can benefit from heat and air control. In fact, the use of a dehumidifier in any given office space has even been found to reduce indoor allergens – but only if the relative humidity of a room measures at around 50%, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. As those who have allergies or asthma know, such conditions can be difficult to deal with, especially if your workplace is rife with triggers, making it harder to concentrate than it would otherwise be. Simply reducing these allergens can have a profound impact on those that have suffered from them, not only increasing their happiness in their work, but likely increasing their productivity and the quality of their work as well, two important things for just about every employee here in the United States.
From temporary heating measures to temporary cooling services to the reduction of allergens through the use of dehumidifiers, there are truly many ways that the workplace can be made not only safer, but more productive for all employees across the board here in the United States.