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Staying Safe on a Summer Site

12th August 2016

We’re well on our way into the summer months, although it may not seem it with this classic British weather. As an individual working on a construction site, it’s safe to suggest you might be spending the majority of your working day outdoors. This being said, your personal well being is a high priority of ours, so here we have compiled a list of the best tips to staying safe on a summer site.

1. Hydration

Staying as hydrated as possible will help to keep your body active and mind focused. Lots of movement, especially in high heat, will make you start to sweat. If you don’t replace the water used up by your body, including sweating, you’ll start to exhaust yourself which will put yourself at risk in the workplace. Make sure to keep a cool bottle of water close by and you’ll reduce the risk of exhaustion.

2. Beefy Breakfast and Lighter Lunches

Working on a full stomach (especially in the heat) will make you more sluggish and can tire you out very quickly. Our bodies naturally have a ‘post-lunch dip’ in energy due to food and heat. To get around this you should eat a heftier breakfast than usual so you can stay away from fattier foods around lunch time. Have a small lunch and it’ll help to maintain a steady energy level instead of crashing after stuffing yourself at lunch time.

3. Avoid Sugary Drinks

Drinks that are high in sugar, such as Coca Cola and Red Bull, generally don’t help to hydrate you whatsoever. If you don’t like the lack of taste that water offers, dilute some cordial and ensure there’s a lot of water with it, or even better, put a couple of slices of lemon or lime in a bottle of water. Anything with caffeine should ideally be avoided, but no one’s expecting you to give up that first brew of the day!

4. Reschedule if Possible

This doesn’t mean just pack up all your things and crack on tomorrow if the sun is getting a bit much, but it could be a good idea to rearrange particular task if it means it can be completed when the area is shaded rather than sunny. As long as all the jobs still get done, your superior might not mind you rescheduling certain tasks for different times of the day depending on where the sun is in the sky.

5. Don’t Push Your Physical Limits

Pushing your physical limits too much is dangerous enough as it is, in the blistering summer heat the risk can be ten times worse. Make sure you stay as cool as possible and keep hydrated, otherwise strenuous manual labour can put too much stress on your body and will make you burnout very quickly.

6. Slap on the Sun Cream

This is probably the most obvious, yet most overlooked, way of keeping yourself safe in the sun. Prolonged exposure to sun rays can be detrimental to your health, and in the worst cases can cause various kinds of skin cancer. The few seconds it takes to cover your skin is definitely worth the protection it offers, so if you’re working in the summer sun don’t forget your factor 30.

For any more advice or help with landing yourself a job, don’t hesitate to call our Head Office on 01204 532 500. Alternatively, visit our contact page to get in touch with your local Bromak branch.

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