The United States manufacturing industry has seen some uncertainty in recent years. Production levels have plateaued, exports are down, the dollar is too strong for foreign buyers to stomach, and the low price of oil has thrown a once-lucrative industry into a tailspin (Meckstroth, 2016). Even so, US manufacturing is resilient and tales of its demise are greatly exaggerated. Some forecasters predict a nearly 5% growth over the next two years thanks to strong demand for automobiles and industrial equipment. That’s good news for one of the mainstays of the American manufacturing sector: welders.
Fall has arrived, and with it comes a bittersweet farewell to the hot summer months that we leave behind. However, we can’t be too quick to dismiss some of the dangers that come with hot weather. Heat stress can occur no matter what the temperature is outside and we have a firsthand example to prove it.