Working In The Heat

Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 10:02am

Soaring temperatures make outdoor work dangerous.

The relief of the air conditioner is one thing that makes this heat bearable, but for some workers there's no such relief on the job.

They're stuck under the sun, all day long.

"It gets really warm. The worst ones are like when you have to stand up I guess and there's no umbrellas," says lifeguard Maddi McConnaughhay.

The heat this week hasn't helped their cause.

"It gets really hot and it like makes you light headed sometimes, I guess, but after awhile the heat kind of is just there and you don't notice it as much anymore," says Maddi.

At least lifeguards have the pool for relief.

Other professions aren't as lucky.

"The sun beating down cooking you up. You know hard hat doesn't help too much, cooks your brain, makes you a little dumb sometimes," says builder Stephen Canick.

"Underneath you get all the heat from the concrete, and basically, it's about 20-30 degrees hotter than outside," adds road construction worker Jose Agular.

While construction workers have it bad, everyone in rural Nebraska would agree that the worst heat is found in the fields.

Corn detasslers are trapped in a storm of heat.

"When you get in the corn there's always naturally gonna be a higher heat index just with the humidity from irrigation and the moisture in the ground and the plants and with the taller plants that obviously cuts down on the air flow," says S&J Detasseling owner Bruce Bohlen.

This triple digit heat is causing supervisors to make changes.

"Because of the high heat indexes that were forecasted and that we're enduring we're trying to shut down around noon," said Bohlen.

If you're going to be working out in the sun, there are a few precautions you want to take to hang with the heat.

Wear light-colored clothes, drink plenty of water and don't forget that sunscreen.

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