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Issue 45, July 2015

Heat can Kill 

According to NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) 2014 was the hottest year on record - and nine of the ten hottest years have happened since 2000. That means danger for the workers raking asphalt, sweating pipe and performing hundreds of other construction tasks in the heat and humidity. According to OSHA, 30 workers die from heat stroke in an average year -- and not just in the sunbelt


How can you protect yourself and your team?

  • Wear light clothing, and include a shirt that serves as a shield from the sun's rays.
  • Drink water every 15 minutes. Don't wait until you feel thirsty.
  • Plan the day to tackle tougher jobs during the cooler morning hours.
  • Rest in shaded areas or air conditioning, if possible.
  • Watch your colleagues for signs of heat illness -- especially heat stroke!

Fortunately, there are products designed to counter heat exhaustion for those in the trades doing strenuous work outdoors or in hot, enclosed spaces - and CPWR can help you locate them. Our  Construction Solutions database offers safety professionals a place to find commercially available solutions to common construction hazards. Please mark your calendars and join us July 22 for a short webinar, where we'll demonstrate how easy it is to use Construction Solutions to find information on "Cooling Clothing and PPE."


Keep cool and be safe!

Pete Stafford

Executive Director




Date: Wednesday, July 22nd

Time: 2:00 p.m. EST

Length: 20 minutes 


Cooling Clothing & PPE to prevent heat-related injuries


It's July again, and the heat is on. How can you keep your team safe? Join us as Babak Memarian and Chris Le give a brief tour of Construction Solutions, the CPWR OSH database designed with contractors in mind, highlighting "Cooling Clothing & PPE" options.



Recently Published Journal Articles by CPWR Scholars 

Development of a safety communication and recognition program for construction . Emily Sparer, Robert Herrick, and Jack Dennerlein. New Solutions, May 2015.

Fall protection: Structural efficacy of residential structures for fall protection systems. Jeremy Bethancourt and Mark Cannon. Professional Safety, May 2015.





CPWR -- The Center for Construction Research and Training is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO. Working with partners like you in business, labor, government, and the universities, we strive every day to make work safer for the 9 million men and women who work in the U.S. construction industry!