Updated 06/11/2012 05:55 PM
Working outside is unavoidable in hot weather
The mercury continues to rise and in some areas, it reached 90 degrees Monday. Many of you may have found relief at the pool or with a cold drink. But as our Iris St. Meran explains, it's not that easy for those who have to spend their work day outside.
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- It's hard to avoid the sun's hot rays when you work outside. The construction industry thrives on weather like this, but it can be difficult to stay cool when it's 90 degrees out.
McClurg Remodeling and Construction Services President Scott McClurg said, "We have crews that are working together. And what we suggest is that one watch the other and to hydrate. Make sure that you're drinking water even if you don't want to drink water."
McClurg says his company has monthly safety meetings and weather was on the agenda. In addition to having enough fluids, he says he tells his crews to pay attention to their bodies and watch out for things like headaches, nausea and dizziness. The hot temperatures rarely keep his staff from their work, but he does try to avoid projects that include roof work.
"If we're doing a repair on a roof, we probably would not do it on a day like today, except early in the morning or late in the afternoon,” McClurg said. “That hot sun will actually heat that roof to the point that every time you put your foot down, you'll actually do damage to the roof."
There are some jobs around here where workers don't have to travel very far to beat the heat, like at the Cicero Twin Ice Skating Center.
Operations Manager Helen Knipp said, “This is the next best thing to jumping in a pool and you don’t have the sun beating on you, so it’s a really nice place.”
That’s because the rink is 45 degrees and the ice is 20, a stark contrast to what’s happening outside. Although we’re in the middle of June, there is work to be done on the ice.
“A rink needs constant assessment, making sure that it’s smooth. We have a lot of hockey players, a lot different teams here,” said Knipp.
So whether you find relief with ice or some water, make sure you’re giving your body what it needs to weather the changing temperatures.