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thebionicman
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Written guidance should be in place. Your employer needs to recognize it's a starting point document. Plans are to get your feet moving, but you have the experience. Take precautions and stop when you know you should, even if the plan says you aren't beyond safe limits.

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Andy Bruner
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If you don't believe Safety people (CSP, Certified Safety Professional) and Industrial Hygienists don't earn their money just look at ONE of the items that they are responsible for establishing:

https://www.osha.gov/dts/osta/otm/otm_iii/otm_iii_4.html

I never had to do all the calculations (or buy the necessary equipment), I just took the information supplied and applied it to the appropriate situations.  The WORST situation I've ever had was for the workers to work for 15 minutes and take a 45 minute break.  And consume one quart of water per hour.  This was a REQUIREMENT, we had OSHA, EPA and the Coast Guard watching us all the time.

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Andy, I fell out today and I'm the one who posted this warning about the heat . Of all days I fell out while helping a surveyor from Paulding County that I'm sure you know well. The ground temp was 97 and the feels like temp was 110. His initials are J.T. and he needed some points on a gas line shot and he called my wife to come get me but by the time she got there I had recovered.

I have had heat exhaustion really bad before so I am prone to it now and even though I drank lots of fluids it got me and I could not go in.

 

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Very good points. My post was not encouraging folks to ignore guidance, only to treat limits as maximums rather than goals.

I watched a young man die of heat stroke once. He was trying to be tough. Heat didn't care...

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Posted by: @just-a-surveyor

Guys if you live or work anywhere around the South or South East it is gonna be another scorcher today and be sure to take frequent breaks and drink lots of water

Great suggestion!

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And consume one quart of water per hour. 

Keep away from iced tea. Caffeine is a diuretic. Summer of '88 I was taken to a hospital for heat exhaustion. The ER Dr. said I should drink equal amounts of water and Gatorade.

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Andy Bruner
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We did supply Gatorade.  One quart in the morning before work, one quart at lunch and one quart at "quitting time".  The best time to hydrate is the day before.  Drinks LOTS of water in the evenings, even if it does require getting up at night.  Also, I've seen a study that links iced tea to kidney stones.  If you've ever had a kidney stone you'll do whatever it takes to prevent them again.

Andy

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Brad Ott
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I was just about to start a new thread and saw this one instead.  Might be heat related, although honestly today weather-wise was quite comfortable.

 

I am a 49 year old solo surveyor.  

I found my limit today.

Setting only 50 lath on a construction job site in 6 hours.

That apparently is my physical limit.

 

Thanks for listening to my true confession.

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