Outdoor Workers Fight Extreme Heat
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As temperatures neared 100 degrees, Thursday, those who work outside were forced to take extra precautions to beat the heat, like taking extra breaks and adjusting work hours.
"We try to start early, around five or six o'clock if we can," said Bob Hoag, an Inspector for C.S. Roofing.
C.S. Roofers began working on a Lansing home at seven in the morning, tackling the part of the house that receives the most direct sunlight early in the day. Temperatures quickly rose, however, and were made worse by the asphalt roof.
"The workers told me it was 117 degrees up there," said Hoag.
With projects going on across mid-Michigan, the Michigan Department of Transportation has been working with its contractors to make sure its workers avoid heat-related issues.
"They definitely take extra breaks and stay hydrated," said Kari Arend, spokeswoman for MDOT. "As opposed to working 12, or 13 hour days, which is normal during summer construction, they may only work eight with extra breaks."
But extreme heat, or not, they still have a deadline to meet.
"It's your job, so you have to push it and get it done," said Hoag.