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July 24 Updates – Texas

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Heat Illness – Hydration Continues at Home

The safety team continues to visit job sites to promote hydration and safe conditions for working in extreme heat.

Remember, hydration doesn’t stop when you leave the job site at the end of the day. During hot weather, you need to hydrate at home too. Continuing to drink water at night ensures your body is fully hydrated and prepared for work the next day. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, teas, and colas.  These fluids tend to pull water from the body and promote dehydration.

If you feel ill from the heat, or if you notice the signs of heat illness in others, notify your superintendent FIRST.

If you feel the effects of heat illness after hours, you should contact your safety manager for help.

Save these contacts in your phone. You can call them at ANY TIME, even after work hours.

  • Carson Greenlee 214-309-6456
  • Rodolfo Santillan 940-435-8424
  • Erie Puga 940-535-8536
  • Santana Gurrola 940-222-1813
  • Roy Hernandez 940-453-7520

 

Toolbox Talk: Working in Confined Spaces

In a new or changing worksite, or one with many different trades at work, a confined space may not yet be identified because it is new. You should always be on the lookout and report any possible hazards.

A few examples of confined spaces include:

  • Bins
  • Boilers
  • Pits
  • Manholes
  • Tanks
  • Incinerators
  • Sewers
  • Crawl spaces
  • Silos
  • Shafts

A confined space is an area large enough for a worker to enter and do work, with limited entry or exit, but not designed to stay inside for an extended period of time. If you have to use both hands and feed to get inside the space it has limited entry. For example, a ladder or crawl area both fit that criteria.

When you aren’t sure if you are entering a confined space, ask yourself the following questions. If you can answer “yes” to any of them, then it’s a confined space.

  • Can a small person get inside the space and do some kind of work?
  • Does the entrance require that person to bend their body to get in or out of the space?
  • Is that person unable to continuously stay in that space?

If you have questions about confined spaces or how to address any other job site hazards, contact your safety manager.

Go RED!