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Breaking Point to Stop in Heat

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by DVS Hardscaper, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    99-degrees here today. Dewpoint 67%

    We're doing a patio job that is on the west side of the house. No trees (for shade).

    I preach and preach to the guys to drink water. I make them stop and drink water.

    As we were finishing up, one of the guys looked like he was feeling dizzy. I asked him 3 times if he was ok, and he insisted he was.

    Little while ago he called me and said he wasn't feeling good and if didnt get better he was going to the hospital. So i told him to take a cool shower, drink cool water and rest and if no improvement get to the hospital. (not only am I a world renowned hardscape GOD, I'm also the DVS Doctor!)

    I got to thinking that with NO shade, wide open sunlight, and a 6' fence blocking the breeze - maybe we should have cut-out at 2.

    Anyone here ever stop working early?

    I'm a believer in starting early and finishing early on days like these......but the suppliers dont open till 7, and we often pick up materials first thing.

  2. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Posts: 1,209

    yeah we cut out completely if it seems to be dangerous. as owners we cannot count on them to take care of themselves before it turns into a comp claim.

    last week I was in the Bahamas with my wife (yes I am bragging :) ) while away it was 90 degrees and very sunny one of my guys got a nasty sunburn on the back of his head. I came back to find him now with an infection from the blistering burn. he has been out two days now and had to go to the hospital. him not taking care of himself just cost me money is it great :)
  3. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,219

    Get a sunbrella too. If your laying you can move it along with ya.
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  4. STL Ponds and Waterfalls

    STL Ponds and Waterfalls LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,177

    10x10 Easy up tent, few box fans.
  5. SVA_Concrete

    SVA_Concrete LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 467

    keep the ac off in the truck on the way to work and if we go out for lunch break.

    i don't know that i have ever called a day on the account of heat. when we are pouring medium sized slabs or stamped concrete we will start putting mud on the ground at 6:00 or 6:30

    hydration is not just water, food plays a role in it as well. many guys will not eat in the heat and that is a no no.
  6. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    I've been working in the heat for the last 4 days.

    Today I drew the line and quit at 3pm. I can only take so much of it before it starts to take a toll on me. I pushed through the last couple of days with no issues but I could tell my body was getting a little more run-down today.
  7. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,009

    Those little pop up tents are fantastic. even being able to get out of the sun for a few minutes makes all the difference. But to answer the question, no not any time recently have we checked out early. Last year on the day it was 105* we layed pavers for 11hrs straight. Today it was 98 and we worked 13 hrs. Granted I am the only one who does this every day of the week though. My employees get days off.
  8. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,417

    Our dump truck needs the low pressure switch for the A/C replaced. I've intentionally never replaced it so that no one gets spoiled on really hot days. Although it would be nice to have at the end of the day for riding back.

    I don't mind the heat, I welcome it. But everyone has their limits. We're usually in yards with trees, or in yards where we're not catching all the afternoon sun. Tomorrow is supposed to be worse, we'll probably stop around 2.

  9. Fishallot

    Fishallot LawnSite Member
    Posts: 14

    We don't like to cut out early but there's usually a few days a year where it's so unbearable that it has to be done. I've seen guys drop from heat exhaustion, it ain't pretty.

    If you feel the need to cut out early at least make some use out of the time. Leave a couple guys on the clock and send them to the supply yard early afternoon to pick up supplies for the next day.
  10. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,776

    Last year I was working on a pond and defining a beach with natural wall stone, all mortared in.

    The blazing sun would hit me every day without so much as a fair-weather cloud in the sky. At night when I would go to bed and shut my eyes, I swear that someone turned a floodlight on and I could see it through my eye-lids.

    I'm sure you could use the sun/heat as some good torture.

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