Construction workers bear the heat

POSTED: Thursday, July 14, 2011 - 4:18pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- Extreme heat and soaring temperatures are just part of the job in the field of construction, but to local workers these are some of the worst conditions they've ever experienced.

Pat Wells, Construction Superintendent for Pearson Construction, said this is the hottest it has been in years.

"It is just terrible. It's the hottest one I can remember since '77," said Wells.

Lonzo, a construction worker, agreed with Wells.

"This has been a hot summer. I mean, it's probably going to get hotter before we know it," said Lonzo.

Wells said the morning temperature is enough to make it difficult to get out of bed.

"Most the time just getting up in the morning and hitting it. It's the first part of the day that's really bad," said Wells.

But day after day they continue to bear the intense rays from the sun.

One of the ways construction workers manage to bear the heat is to make sure to drink plenty of water and to wear long sleeves because once those sleeves get wet, it's like a mini air conditioner.

"Make sure you got plenty of water and kinda, if you can get a cool spot every now and then, try and get in it," said Lonzo.

If you don't look out for yourself consequences are severe.

"Well if you don't take care of yourself, you don't watch it, you may not wake up for the next day," said Wells. "There's people every year that, just die from the heat in Texas."

Wells said though it's a tough job he still feels fortunate to have it.

"I love what I do, personally. I'm a pretty, I'm pretty lucky about that. I love my job. I love what I do."


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