The year 2020 at Codimatra
Codimatra tips for working during hot weather
In summer with heat, working on a construction site can be more dangerous than under normal temperatures and can sometimes lead to serious accidents. Codimatra gives you its best advice for your sites, but also for the choice and maintenance of your machines in order to avoid taking risks and to work in better conditions even under high temperatures.
The risks of increased heat on the site.
Heat stroke can be fatal in some cases, it is due to a long period of exposure to the sun, you must act as soon as the first signs appear: dizziness, nausea and even vomiting. Help should be called as soon as possible, in the meantime, the victim of these effects should be cared for quickly, stay in a cool place and drink water. The high heat and sun can cause sunburn, but especially cramps due to dehydration.
When a work situation presents a danger, the Labour Code provides for a right of withdrawal, this is a valid reason to leave the job. In the case of a heat wave and where the employer has not provided enough to allow employees to work under good conditions, this right of withdrawal may be applied.
Beyond 30 degrees, in the construction and public works sector, the company has an obligation to provide each construction site employee with enough to drink at least three litres of water per day.
Weather activity is the first information to consult in order to know heat wave alerts but also severe storms in order to anticipate, assess risks and modify working conditions by adapting days, for example, performing tasks requiring the most physical effort early in the morning and tackling tasks that do not require exposure to the sun in the afternoon.
Increase the number of breaks during hot weather and provide professionals with enough moisture to cover enough skin but allow good ventilation to protect themselves from the sun. Ventilated spaces should be provided naturally or mechanically, especially in polluted areas.
Heat can cause a decrease in attention, it is advisable to encourage vigilance and rotation within teams to avoid being exposed to the sun for too long. Heat stroke must be prevented, especially with new employees, temporary workers or those returning from holidays. Employees should also be informed of preventive measures, first aid and avoid working in isolation. It is necessary to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, you can find at Codimatra safety caps, they are reinforced and keep cooler than a helmet. You should drink fresh water regularly and eat salt preferably to counteract the elimination of mineral salts in the body.
The consequences of heat: fatigue, dehydration and reduced alertness. These effects represent a danger for the worker himself, his team members and the company as a whole, so it is necessary to organize accordingly and adapt shifts and schedules, or even offer to be part of the night shifts for this period if the company's activity allows it.
The heat weakened both men and machines.
Heat also has consequences on machines, favouring machines with a good quality air conditioning system and an efficient air filtering system, and ensuring that the cabin air filter of the machine is properly checked. These systems are essential to prevent occupational risks related to both heat and safety, it indirectly protects against pollution and dust since air conditioning makes it possible to work in a cabin with closed windows. Codimatra offers many machines equipped with them and sells replacement cabins in good condition. Many machines are equipped with an easy-to-replace air prefilter that retains coarse particles, it is also important to clean the fins of the radiators/coolers regularly to remove dust by removing the filters. In summer, the machine motor can overheat if your machine's cooling system does not operate properly. The cooling system includes a radiator, a water pump and a thermostat. If you notice a puddle of water under your machine, there may be a leakage of coolant due to damage to the hose seals. Be careful, your fan may be defective and not allow air to flow into the radiator and cool the coolant in the cooling system. Codimatra has all these replacement parts to ensure the proper functioning of your engine. In the event of a frontal impact, your water radiator may also be damaged, it dissipates heat into the coolant to regulate the engine temperature to around 90 degrees.
Do you notice a leak from the gearbox oil cooler? Codimatra offers a selection of transmission radiators.
The Codimatra Council: To avoid condensation and water in the engine of your machine, remember to put the fuel in the evening.
For air conditioning, it requires regular inspection and replacement if you notice the following signs of weakness: the air conditioning is in working order but the supply air is not cooled or very little, in this case you must recharge the freon either at your dealer or your repairer. If you notice abnormal metal noise when the air conditioning is running, the air conditioning compressor may be at the end of its life, contact Codimatra to find a replacement compressor.
A study must also be carried out via the air conditioning station to determine if the desiccant bottle is being replaced. Do not hesitate to make a no-load draw to test the tightness of the circuit. It is also advisable to check the electronics, the sensor and the temperature control. If one of your parts is defective, do not hesitate to contact Codimatra to change them, we have 56000 spare parts references for your needs.
Whatever the type of work, the work on construction sites in high heat requires a total reorganization of the working environment, adapted machines and vigilance at all times, each employee must be informed of the measures to be taken and the symptoms of heat stroke.