heat safety and awareness

Heat Safety : Tips to Keep Cool & Safe During Hot Weather

With temperatures escalating throughout the weekend and an excessive heat warning in place, it’s critical that we all put heat safety first by protecting ourselves from the dangers of excessive heat. Heat stress is a legitimate concern that we all need to pay attention to. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable when appropriate measures are taken.

water rest shade heat illness prevetion

In 2011, OSHA launched the Heat Illness Prevention campaign to educate employers and workers on the dangers of working in the heat. The safety message comes down to three key words: Water. Rest. Shade. Learn more about workplace heat safety here.

Beat the Heat With These Tips For Heat Safety

Whether at work or spending time outdoors at home, heat safety should be a priority for everyone.

Hydrate

The first and most important heat safety tip is to stay hydrated – before, during, and after spending time outdoors. When spending time outdoors in the heat, you should drink 2-4 cups of water every hour – even if you’re not thirsty. Sports beverages are a good option to replace electrolytes lost during periods of prolonged sweating.

Avoid Alcohol & Caffeine

Alcohol, caffeine, and sugary beverages offer minimal hydration. These types of beverages can actually increase your risk for heat stress. It’s also a good idea to cut back on tobacco use.

Modify Your Work Schedule

In extreme heat conditions, it is best to consider rescheduling your work to cooler part of the day. If you’re working at home, could certain tasks be done in the morning or evening, avoiding the hottest parts of the day (10 am -2 pm)?

When work schedules cannot be changed, everyone needs to watch more closely for signs of heat illness and take more frequent breaks to rehydrate and cool down.

Rotating job functions among workers can help minimize overexertion and heat exposure.

Choose Your Clothing Carefully

When working outside during hot weather, choose light colored, loose fitting, breathable clothing. Cotton shirts are a good choice as are new engineered fabrics that provide a cooling effect and absorb sweat. Wide brimmed hats can protect your head, neck, eats, eyes, and nose from direct sun exposure. Sun block with a minimum of 30 SPF should be reapplied throughout the day to keep exposed skin protected from UV rays.

Rest & Shade

Working in the full sun can increase heat index values by 15° F. A critical part of heat safety while working outside is taking time to rest in the shade and rehydrate. This allows your body to properly cool down.

Stay Alert for Heat Exhaustion

Heat illness symptoms should not be ignored. If you see someone exhibiting any signs of heat illness, action should be taken to cool the person down.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offers the diagrams below to help monitor signs of illness.

heat stress OSHA diagram

Early Symptoms of Heat Illness

If you notice someone exhibiting these symptoms: lethargy, disorientation, stumbling, dropping tools, slurred speech, it’s time to take action. Help this person to shade or a cooler area.

Progression of Heat Illness

Heat exhaustion leads to heat cramps and is followed by heat stroke.  You can learn more about heat related illness and first aid on the OSHA website.

heat safety and first aid

 

 

Year In Review Looking Back at 2017 | Kurk Inc

The relatively warm start of December allowed more projects to be started and extended our last minute push to wrap up site concrete and paving for the year. Now, that things have finally settled down after the busy holiday season and even busier December construction push, we can take a little bit of time to look back on the successful year of 2017.

9 Ready Mix Suppliers and 19,000 Cubic Yards of Concrete Later…

With 2017, came a change in our concrete ready mix suppliers. The purchase of one of our ready mix suppliers and moving into some new markets allowed us to develop relationships with some new ready mix suppliers while still maintaining strong relationships with ready mix suppliers we have grown with over the last decade. In 2017, we used more ready mix suppliers than we have used in years past including RKW Ready Mix, Gleason Redi Mix, Sonag Ready Mix, Riv/Crete, New Berlin Redi Mix, Lycon Ready Mix, Zignego Ready Mix, Dodge Concrete, and Schmitz Ready Mix. I think we can safely say we have used almost all of the ready mix suppliers in South East Wisconsin.

Ground Breaking 2017

In 2017, everyone at Kurk, Inc worked on over 100 projects completing 21,818 linear feet of concrete foundation walls and 729,547 square feet of concrete floors.

Here’s a few photos from 2017…

Coleman Tool Building Addition

We have just about completed the Coleman Tool Building Addition in Union Grove, WI with Design 2 Construct in 2017. This Spring, we will finish up some exterior canopy work at the job.

 

Coleman Tool Building Addition
Coleman Tool Excavation
Coleman Tool Building Addition
Interior Column Footings at Coleman Tool
Coleman Tool Building Addition
Footings Ready for Precast at Coleman Tool
Coleman Tool Building Addition
The Start of Precast at Coleman Tool
Coleman Tool Concrete Pavement
Exterior Concrete Pavement
Coleman Tool Building Slab
Interior Floor Pour with Laser Screed
Coleman Tool Building Addition
Interior Slab at Coleman Tool

Midwest Form & Supply

We are working with Bower Design & Construction to complete a new shop for one of our suppliers, Midwest Form & Supply. At this job we did the complete site grading, excavated for the pond, installed site utilities, and completed a loading dock retaining wall.

Site Utility Installation at Midwest Form
Site Utility Installation
Overall Site at Midwest Form with Pond
Midwest Form Pond Excavation Completed
Retaining Wall Construction at Midwest Form & Supply
Loading Dock Retaining Wall

Bower Design & Construction Foundations

Speaking of working with the team at Bower Design & Construction, we completed a few more projects with them in 2017. The Kurk crew worked on a few different custom home foundations as well as completing a new park pavillion for the Racine County Agricultural Society at the Racine County Fairgrounds.

Yorkville Home Foundation
Footing Stone & Pour for Yorkville Home
Pavilion Concrete Slab Construction Racine County
Pavilion Slab for Racine County Agriculture Society
Excavation for New Home Foundation
Excavation at Caledonia Foundation
Using conveyor to stone footings for new home foundation
Stoning Footings at Caledonia Home

Yorkville Turn Key Foundation Package

We worked with Zach Building Co, a custom home builder based in Pewaukee, WI, on an executive home in Yorkville, WI. Our contract including total site preparation, concrete foundation, and concrete flatwork.

New Home Foundation Excavation Yorkville, WI
New Home Foundation Excavation
Concrete basement wall formwork
Basement Wall Forming
Site Grading & Backfill at Yorkville Custom Home
Site Grading & Backfill at Yorkville Custom Home

And a Few Other New Home Foundations From 2017…

Dewatering during home construction
Heavy July rains required us to pump this Kenosha home foundation two different times.
Renovation Construction in Yorkville WI
Garage Renovation in Yorkville
condominium foundation waterford
Condominium Framing in Waterford
Kohler Ridge New Home Foundation
New Home Foundation in Kohler Ridge Subdivision, New Berlin, WI
Aerial View New Home Foundation
Franklin New Home Foundation
exterior concrete flatwork
Exterior Concrete Flatwork & Entry

Commercial Construction in 2017

While a few of the over 100 jobs we worked on in 2017 were new home foundations, many of them included commercial work, such as the Community State Bank drive through renovation, new medical offices for Dr. Sandvick and Dr Schueing, Muskego City Hall, Merz North America, and many more.

 

Commercial Building Renovation
Community State Bank Drive Through Renovation
Concrete floor preparation Mount Pleasant, WI
Pale Properties Phase II Floor Preparation
Port Washington Dentist Office Foundation
South Milwaukee Chiropractic Office Foundation
Rain Damage at Muskego City Hall
Muskego City Hall Foundation Construction
commercial building renovation
Merz North American Renovation
Commercial Building Footings in Union Grove, WI
Commercial Building Excavation in Union Grove, WI
Commercial Building Excavation in Union Grove, WI
Commercial Steel Building Construction
Setting Bolts at Community State Bank

Looking Forward to 2018

With all of the projects completed in 2017, we are unfortunately unable to share photos for every single job. We have set our goal to share more projects with all of you in 2018. We will be sharing our projects by posting blog updates and updating our portfolio on the website. We will also be sharing photos and news on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to follow us there!

Now that the sub zero weather has taken a short break here in Wisconsin, we have officially started the 2018 construction season! As we type now, we’re preparing to head out to Madison to work with our friends at Oak Park Place and currently have three projects in the excavation phase and will be pouring footings this week.

The new year will bring many new projects that we look forward to completing. We hope you’ll check back soon to see what everyone is up to at Kurk, Inc.

Cheers,

Amanda & the Kurk Crew

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