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Health, Safety and Accident Issues. Discussion on health & safety issues that effect the lawn care, landscaping, tree care, power washing, snow plowing and other trades. Talks of accidents that have occurred and how they could have been prevented. OSHA rules.

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Health, Safety and Accident Issues.

Discussion on health & safety issues that effect the lawn care, landscaping, tree care, power washing, snow plowing and other trades. Talks of accidents that have occurred and how they could have been prevented. OSHA rules.
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Old 07-19-2007, 04:30 PM
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I too cannot tolerate the heat very well but I have implemented some practices that help greatly.

It starts with getting a good night sleep and going to bed early... do whatever it takes to get to sleep quicker. I sleep right in front of the A/C. This helps you to be able to get up early. Don't have more than 1 or two beers before bed or you'll feel it badly the next day. Start early and skip the noon day heat. work from 7AM till 11 then 5-9PM. Hydrate in the morning and bring plenty of water with you. Cold water rinsed over your pulse points and your head helps cool you instantly (forehead, neck, wrists). Work at a slow steady pace. Wear light weight light colored twill pants if shorts are feasible, and a lightweight polyester shirt (old man's beachwear A wide brimmed straw hat help keep the sun off your head and upper body. If you're doing a big project do the heavy stuff early and the easy stuff when it gets hotter. Ex if you're mowing a big property, do the trimming first and then be on the rider when it gets warmer. If you get to a point where you feel like you can't take it anymore take a break you listen to your body
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