Staying hydrated: Not just a summertime concern

Safety Alert Type: 
Grand Forks area
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Interfor (Interior Operations)
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

Layout worker had been out all day in the heat and ran out of water before the end of the work day, resulting in dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Minor dehydration symptoms include thirst and dry mouth, decrease in urine, dry skin, headache, constipation and dizziness
  • Major signs include sunken eyes, low blood pressure, rapid heartbeat, delirium or unconsciousness
  • Always carry more water than you think you will need. Keep reserves in your vehicle
  • Set up a buddy system to enable workers to look out for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness in each other
  • Use wide brimmed hard hats
  • Find shade when possible.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Lana Kurz, RFP, Woodlands Safety, Interior Operations, lana.kurz@interfor.com                  (250) 679-6838

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