City Workers Taking Precautions To Prevent Heatstroke

By: Alex Lotz Email
By: Alex Lotz Email

COLLEGE STATION Summer months are heating up and some days, even hitting triple digits. Adding humidity to the sweltering temperatures increases the heat index so it feels even hotter. It is something that the city of College Station takes into consideration before sending their workers out.

"Heat stroke is very bad. It's a deadly thing," said Paul Shaofeld, the crew leader for the city of College Station.

High temperatures plus humidity makes for a potentially dangerous situation. Shaofeld said anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors should be hydrated before they step outside. "If you wait till you start working and get thirsty, then you are already dehydrated," Shaofeld said. "You should always start hydrating the night before."

To help deal with the heat, OSHA has put out a free app that calculates the heat index and shows the risk level for heat illness. Protective measures are at your fingertips with just a "click."

Heat illness can be deadly and each year, thousands of people become sick from it, but it's easily preventable. An example of how bad heat illness can get is in June, six waste workers in Houston died while on the job. Now it's turned into a possible heat fatality investigation. OSHA said the key to prevent heat illness is water, rest and shade, but a little bit of information won't hurt; technological advances like this app help.

"It's Texas weather," Shaofeld said. "It changes all the time."

Knowing the temperatures are expected to get even warmer, the crew takes precautions to make sure the job is done correctly, but most importantly, carefully.


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