2018年07月19日

Everyone is not enjoying the heat

Out on the Bergman Bridge, there is a full roller coaster. The bridge will be renovated, which employs a number of people. For the day, the outdoor temperature is quite pleasant, albeit warm. Yesterday, it was much warmer, according to construction workers who wearing reflective vests in place.

"In addition, nothing was happening today. It was almost the worst in the evening," says Arteries.

Together with two colleagues, he is in the middle of the bridge. Colleagues work a bit under the bridge and occasionally send steel parts to Arteries.

"We work with the most outdoors. It's only sometimes we're indoors. I like to work outside, though it may be not sometimes in the summer, it's worse in the winter when it's cold, he says.

Their work has been going on for two days, most likely they will return in a week to work for a few more days. When it's hot out, just bite, the job is going to be done.
"We drink a lot of water and take breaks. It's fine, he says.

Colleagues who work a bit under the bridge send up an empty bottle of mineral water, without hesitation Arteries picks up a half-pressure from their own pocket and gives them.

Despite the heat, they carry all the helmets on their head and work clothes/safety clothing."It's sure it's not with the helmet(which is iron-on reflective heat transfer vinyl), but safety goes first and then it's just wearing it," he says.

Before they arrived in Lulea, they worked in Keri, Finland. There was also good weather."But Lulea is a really nice city. We live in a hotel right here," says Arteries, pointing towards the town.  


2018年06月19日

Lower temperatures: what obligations for the employer?

Cold weather extremes can have many health consequences for outdoor workers such as agricultural workers, construction workers(who always wear reflective vests in the work)and the transport industry. Indeed, the latter is particularly exposed to the risk of frostbite, hypothermic discomfort or a decrease in their manual dexterity and their vigilance thus promoting work accidents.

In order to ensure safety and protect the health of their employees, employers are obliged to assess these risks, taking into account, among other things, physical criteria, such as the age and state of health of employees, as well as tasks they must perform. An assessment that should lead the employer to put in place appropriate individual and collective protection measures.

As such, and in accordance with the recommendations issued annually by the public authorities, employers must:
- reorganize the work, in particular by limiting the exposure of employees to the cold, by granting them adapted break times and additional recoveries, but also by encouraging work in pairs;
- set up the workstations by setting up a manual handling aid, making available a heated room to consume hot drinks and storing spare clothes or drying work clothes...;
- provide employees with cold-weather reflective clothing and equipment such as gloves or mittens, non-slip shoes, a safety helmet (iron-on reflective heat transfer vinyl)with an insulating liner and waterproof clothing.

In practice: to help employers to anticipate the risks associated with cold-weather and to better plan outdoor work, a meteorological vigilance device, updated at least twice a day, is available on the Weather website.