Construction industry workers are wearing hard hats to protect them from the sun as the temperature outside of the construction sites drops.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is providing additional safety equipment to workers in the construction industry in preparation for a possible heat wave that could lead to the deaths of at least 10 people.
The department said on Tuesday that it had sent two more heat-resistant jackets to workers and would provide additional equipment to those in need as well.
The agency also announced a state-wide safety plan, and is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the deaths.
The state is also encouraging workers to wear their heat-resistance equipment at work and at home.
The heat wave, which began this week, has led to the cancellation of thousands of construction jobs, according to the agency.
On Tuesday, the agency said it is still reviewing the impact of the heat wave on construction and will not be able to say with certainty whether or not construction will resume.DPS officials say there are no significant impacts to public health and safety from the heatwave, and that the heat is likely to cool down over the next few days.
The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services said it had issued an order to all agencies to begin to provide water to construction sites.
It has also been encouraging workers in some industries to wear heat-proof clothing and clothing made of heat-repellent material.
Workers who wear the equipment are expected to be allowed to work while they are wearing the gear, according the department.