What Does Heat Safety Mean For Masons?

 
 
 
 

What Does Heat Safety Mean For Masons?

 

In our last issue we discussed the ways the body works to process heat, the types of illnesses that can result from overheating, and the best ways to gauge outdoor heat conditions in our recent article, “Mitigating the Hazards of Working in the Heat,” but today, we are going to take a deeper dive into what it takes to stay safe in the heat. As any mason knows, the heat is definitely the enemy every summer, and often into fall, especially in the Southern states. Masonry can require a lot of bending, lifting heavy objects, and working in direct sunlight when the shade is unavailable, all of which is hard work that produces a lot of heat.

 

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GEN NXT: Seth Schiavo

 

We had the opportunity to sit down with second-year masonry student Seth Schiavo from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. At the time of this interview, Seth was gearing up for graduation from Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Following graduation, he plans to start his apprenticeship with a masonry company. We would like to thank JagClamp for sponsoring this series and Seth for talking with us.

 

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Contractor Tip Of The Month: Health Issues Caused By Working

 

When I asked my wife Rachelle what I should write my contractor tip about this month, she asked if the contractors I have been consulting with were concerned over the COVID-19 pandemic. I said, “Yes, they tell me they are worried about the future, their health, their payments, and the big worry right now is the current and long-term effects of the virus.” She replied, “Why don’t you write a tip about the effects of worrying?” So, I have to give credit to Rachelle for the topic of this article. According to Dr. Alexis Carrel, those who do not know how to fight worry, die young.

 

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MCAA TO HOST FIRST VIRTUAL MASONRY INSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE

 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE MCAA MIDYEAR MEETING

 
 

Getting Ready For The Day Ahead

 

It’s time to wind down after another tough day on the jobsite. Whether you spent the day on the wall, mixing mortar, unloading brick and block, or a combination of them all, masonry has been and will always be challenging work for both the mind and body. In the previous two installments of this Staying Healthy series, we have discussed the best ways to start your day and how to power through the afternoon. In this article, we will be exploring some excellent options to recharge and refuel your body so you can recover and be ready again at the crack of dawn.

 

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