Heat stress kills hundreds each year, but what about fatigue?

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Heat illness kills about 600 US workers each year, but we often forget about one of the underlying symptoms of heat stress: fatigue. Fatigue is a sneaky enemy responsible for loss of focus, which immediately creates deadly hazards in whatever your current job tasks are. Do your best to stay hydrated and stay focused. If you find yourself getting overheated and fatigued, please talk to your supervisor about a micro break to cool down and refocus.

Meet the Expert

Jake Woolfenden is the owner of Summit Safety Group, a safety consulting firm that leads the Midwest in providing onsite & online safety training solutions, workplace assessments, written programs, and OSHA consulting to a variety of industries. 

Jake has been a speaker at numerous conferences & seminars around the country where he can be found speaking on anything from OSHA law, company culture, or advocating for mental health awareness within the blue collar trades. 

With a graduate degree in clinical counseling, and years of social work & counseling under his belt, Jake dove into the field of safety & health in 2009 when he worked with Harris Rebar, a large rebar installation and fabrication company with more than 70 offices in North America. Jake served as a field safety manager for multiple Harris locations throughout the country until purchasing Summit Safety Group in early 2014. 

Since owning Summit Safety Group, Jake & his team of consultants have continued to provide their clients with critical support regarding the federally mandated Occupational Safety & Health Administration standards they must adhere to. With offices in Springfield, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri, they have a unique ability to effectively serve businesses throughout Missouri, Kansas and the entire Midwest.