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Taking the heat off: A thought for workers toiling at sweltering sites

Peak summer is also peak production time, but the mandated SOPs and heat action plans offer little respite

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Emphasising its commitment to government-mandated SOPs, Kejriwal says the firm has also implemented supplementary measures such as providing portable structured rest shelters for workers

Amritha PillayShreya JaiDhruvaksh Saha Mumbai/New Delhi

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With the summer sun blazing across construction sites and infrastructure projects, those toiling under its scorching rays bear its harshest brunt.

According to a study by the Indian Institute of Public Health, Ahmedabad, nearly 60 per cent of construction workers battle mild to severe heat-related symptoms during the summer months. This challenge intensifies as the heatwave season coincides with peak production and construction activities ahead of monsoon, when infrastructure projects come to a standstill.

Some large infrastructure companies Business Standard spoke with said they have a standard operating procedure (SOP) for heatwave prevention among their on-site staff, including labour. This

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First Published: May 15 2024 | 5:16 PM IST

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