Heat Stress & Heat Illness



Heat stress and heat illness are special concerns for Ironworkers. Stay safe with these tips.


Why is it important to prevent heat illness?

  • Heat illness can be a matter of life and death. Workers die from heat stroke every summer and every death is preventable.
  • When heat stroke doesn’t kill immediately, it can shut down major body organs causing acute heart, liver, kidney and muscle damage, nervous system problems, and blood disorders.
  • Having a serious injury or death occur at work affects everyone at a worksite.
  • Workers suffering from heat exhaustion are at greater risk for accidents, since they are less alert and can be confused

The California District Council has sponsored Women's Gladiator Training classes. The women are chosen by application and trained in ironworker orientation, first aid/CPR, and safety with an emphasis on welding skills. Upon graduation from the three week program they are placed in the apprenticeship and dispatched to jobs in the Bay area.

Heat Illness Fact Sheet

Heat Illness Training Module