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Safety First: Tips for Site Safety in the Summer Heat

December 1, 2024
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Summer brings not only longer days and warm weather and better ground conditions but also an increased need for awareness when it comes to site safety. As temperatures rise, construction workers face additional challenges that demand careful attention and proactive measures to ensure their well-being. Check out a few tips below to ensure your team stay heathy in the heat:

  • Hydration is Key

The summer sun can be unforgiving, and staying hydrated is crucial for preventing heat-related illnesses. Encouraging the team to drink water regularly throughout the day and provide easy access to shaded areas where they can take breaks can help to prevent health incidents.

  • Provide PPE

Prepare your team with appropriate PPE, designed for hot weather. This may include breathable clothing, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses to shield against the sun. Lightweight materials can keep workers more comfortable on the job and help manage perspiration.

  • Implement a Sunscreen Policy

Sunscreen is a simple yet effective measure to protect workers from harmful NZ UV rays. Encourage the regular application of sunscreen with a high 50+ SPF. Make sunscreen readily available on-site and include it in the safety protocol.

  • Educate Workers on Heat-Related Illnesses

Ensure that all construction workers are familiar with the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Encourage an open communication culture where workers feel comfortable reporting any discomfort or symptoms promptly. Training sessions on recognising and responding to heat-related issues can be very beneficial.

  • Provide Shade

Create shaded rest areas where workers can take breaks from the sun. Install temporary structures to provide adequate shade.

  • Monitor Weather Conditions

Stay informed about daily weather forecasts to anticipate extreme heat conditions or unexpected weather changes. Having a plan in place for sudden heatwaves or storms allows for quick changes to the schedule and ensures the safety of the team.


Prioritising safety is paramount, especially during the summer months. By implementing these tips and encouraging a culture of awareness and communication, sites can create a safer working environment for their teams. It's always better to be proactive than reactive. Stay cool, stay safe!

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