Even With Freezing Temperatures, Many Still Have to Work Outside

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POSTED: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 4:38pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 10:35am

MCALLEN - Working in freezing weather conditions can be very challenging, but the mechanics at Pueblo's Tires said dealing with tough weather is all part of the job.

Francisco Hamelius has been working with cars for 7 years, and he said dealing with all kinds of weather conditions is just a day to day thing. The mechanics said the cold is no problem, as long as they wear the right clothes. 

"I'm wearing a sweater right now, a wind break jacket, gloves, that's pretty much it, and a weather cap," said Francisco Hamelius, Pueblo Tire & Services Mechanic. 

Hamelius said keeping his hands warm and staying active is the best way to get through the day, but he said cold weather does have one downside. 

"Sometimes when you hit yourself, especially when you hit yourself, it hurts a lot in the cold weather, or whenever it's cold," said Hamelius. 

These mechanics normally work 8 to 9 hour days, but Hamelius said he likes working with cars, hot or cold weather. 

"They love what they do, and so do we. So if it's cold you just grin and bear it, but we work outdoors pretty much all the time and the bay doors are open, so we are used to it," said Ricky Ivey, Pueblo Tires & Services General Manager. 

Management said they rarely close the bay doors, only in hurricane weather. So all the mechanics are used to the constant breeze that comes through. And on a day like today, with 30 degree temperatures, a wind chill can make it feel like a freezing 22 degrees. 

"Sometimes you just have to get used to it, it's part of your job, you still got to do it, you still got to be here everyday and we still got to be here for the people, help the people, help out customers," said Hamelius. 

Working in these freezing conditions is possible but doctors say to always have a place to go to get warm.

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