Outside Workers Try to Beat the Heat

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

For Larry Everidge, it's another day of hard work in the hot sun.

“The heat will get you. It will make you real tired. You'll stay thirsty a lot,” says Everidge.

That's why he makes the effort to take breaks when he can and it's clear by the heat waves rising from the equipment why he drinks plenty of water. Dickie Vannarsdall says watching out for his crews in this type of weather is a top priority.

“Working smart's the way to do it. Working early in the morning, get an early start and take off for the hot part of the day,” says Vannarsdall.

He says even on days where's there's a slight breeze to offer some relief, he says it's still most important to keep his workers hydrated.

“We try to take frequent breaks, find shaded areas, drink plenty of water and try to go to bed early when you get my age,” says Ronnie Boyd. Boyd has worked in construction for 30 years and says the dry, hot, heat comes with the job description. “I've seen young guys have heat strokes and just exhaustion, it's just part of working in construction work,” he says.

“ I got a family to support, so that's what's my main priority, is my wife and my kids,” says Everidge and he says that's worth the sweat on his back.

Vannarsdale says he and his crews meet every morning to go over safety tips and reminders on how to stay cool during the dog days of summer.

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