Working In The Cold

By: Matt Barbour Email
By: Matt Barbour Email

While many stay indoors to beat the winter chill, there are those who must work outside and deal with the elements.

The cold weather can be a challenge to those having to work outside.

“I don't like it but got you got to do what you got to do,” says Gordon Fugate.

He battles the cold, selling papers, trying his best to stay warm.

“I Keep moving around, walking around. I know some people think I might be crazy, but I got to keep myself warm,” he says.

“I got on I think, three shirts, and a jacket and insulated gloves and insulated shoes, two pair of socks. It don't take long for them to get cold,” says Lonnie Gross.

Gross works with the Transportation Cabinet. He says he and his crew make sure to take breaks when necessary.

“If you start getting cold you know, much cold at all, get in the truck and warm up because you could frost bite very easy in this type of weather,” he says.

Power crew workers say they try not to let the elements slow them down.

“You dress in layers, you stay moving, that keeps the blood flowing. Try to keep handwarmers, any kind of coffee, anything that will keep you warm,” says Jeff Baker with American Electric Power.

For people like Robert Baker, taking frequent trips inside is the key to beating the cold.

“Well, when I get real, real cold I just walk inside the store you know for ten, fifteen minutes and then warm up, come back out and keep doing my job,” says Baker.

He says he will try his best to not to let the weather slow him down.

Doctors say if you are going to be outside, try to keep your hands and feet dry to avoid frostbite.

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  • by Andrew on Jan 18, 2009 at 05:07 AM
    Yes its cold out there,but its the normal way things are, not a new deal. I work in it ever day 365 day a year.Buck up and quit crying just be thank full for the job.
  • by Anonymous Location: HARLAN on Jan 17, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    My husband works for Waste Connections and they have to work in this weather also. Keep all the men and women in prayer that may have to work in the weather to support their families.
  • by check drawer Location: hyden ky on Jan 16, 2009 at 07:08 AM
    keep up the good work so we can stay inside an stay warm Ill thank u if no one else does kenneth an to all that works
  • by kenneth ramrod Location: hyden,ky on Jan 15, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    what about the loggers they have a time to work in to and belive me i know cause iam a logger all you people that sit in side think about them pulling cable riping your hands off pulling cable or cuting timber while you set in the warm i pay your taxes to draw your ssi when their is nothing wrong wih you. and me about dead and can't draw a thing.when i die who will pay your taxes so you can draw. thank you.


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