As a construction professional or a small business owner, you understand that keeping your employees safe is your top priority. You ensure that employees are taking their required breaks, that your Indeco hydraulic breakers and other heavy machinery meet safety standards, and you always ensure that your business is OSHA-compliant. But does your business have a plan to tackle COVID-19 on your job site?
Fighting back against COVID-19 begins by understanding the symptoms and removing infected employees from your job site before they have a chance to spread the virus to co-workers. Here are a few of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 that everyone should know and be able to spot.
- Fever or chills. One of the most common symptoms of COVID-19 is a fever above the average body temperature of 98.6 degrees. You might want to take employees’ temperatures when they arrive at work.
- Persistent coughing. COVID-19 is an illness that primarily affects the lungs, which means that persistent coughing is a common symptom. If one of your employees has difficulty breathing or pain or pressure in their chest, contact emergency medical services immediately.
- New loss of taste or smell. Men and women infected with COVID-19 often report that they have difficulty smelling or tasting when they didn’t have limitations in these senses before. Be sure that employees know and understand this symptom so they can spot it and report it right away.
COVID-19 continues to be a safety threat across the country — but using old, worn-down, or damaged Stanley hydraulic breakers, Kent hydraulic hammers, and other tools can pose a significant safety risk as well. If your team is using tools that don’t meet minimum safety standards, contact us today to learn more about how you can add affordable rebuilt models to your equipment lineup and keep your employees safer.