Beat the Heat

Summer is praised for its warm weather and sunshine. However, Branscome understands that if not properly monitored, the sun and heat can quickly become problematic in the work place. Using these rules, you can ensure the safety and productivity of you and your crew. Also, special thanks to Tim Jones, the safety specialist for the Hampton Roads region, and OSHA who ensured that only the best safety tips were available to our Branscome workers.


  1. Say Something: If you feel overheated tell your supervisors. If your crew member is getting overheated get them to go to their supervisor. You are a valuable member of your team so being responsible about overheating is crucial to a crew’s success. If you’re not at your best you can’t do your job at your best and neither can your team.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Drink before you feel thirsty; Water is the way to go so avoid caffeinated drinks such as coffee, soda, energy drinks, or tea.
  3. Watch What You Wear: Keep clothing light and loose. Darker clothing absorbs more heat and tight clothing can prevent sweating from being as effective in cooling your body down. Protective gear is also important so wear the proper outside attire. Ideally, try to wear gear that has cooling elements and keep an eye on yourself and fellow workers if they are wearing particularly hot protective gear. Avoid waterproof clothing.
  4. Take Breaks: Frequently give you and your body an opportunity to cool down and hydrate. Strive for 15-20 minute breaks in the shade or cool areas. Try not to stay in the sun all day.
  5. Recognize the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion and the symptoms:

    Heat Stroke Symptoms

    • Confusion
    • Collapse or Passing Out
    • Seizures
    • They have stopped sweating

    Heat Exhaustion Symptoms

    • Irritability and Confusion
    • Dizziness and Fainting
    • Headache, Nausea and Vomiting
    • Weakness and wet skin


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  6. Get Help: If you see or feel any symptoms of heat stroke or heat stress please contact your supervisor immediately. If they are not there dial 911 immediately. Make sure the worker is attended to and take them somewhere that is cooler. It is also helpful to remove their outer clothing, fan, and ice the worker.
  7. Help your crew help themselves: If someone looks like they need a water break or to cool down, let them know. Push them to do the right thing so they can be at their best too.

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About Branscome

Branscome is one of the largest heavy highway and general contracting companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. We offer our clients a full range of heavy construction services - from excavation and site work, to underground utilities, asphalt paving, ready-mix concrete, and materials supply.

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Branscome Incorporated
432 McLaws Circle
Williamsburg, VA 23185



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