Hot weather puts workers in danger of heat stroke

Workers in extreme heat have to take the proper precautions to protect themselves.

Posted: Jul 23, 2018 5:11 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- People who have to work in the extreme heat are a big concern with the recent hot weather the area has been getting. KEZI 9 News spoke with a crew of roofers about how they stay safe.

They said heat like this not only impairs their work, but it puts them in serious danger if they don't take precautions.

A crew with River Roofing was working on the roof at the Eugene Bahá'í Center near the University of Oregon. The workers said they have to make sure on days like this they don't fall victim to heat stroke.

There's a few things they always do in the heat. They said hydration is key. But they also limit sun exposure by wearing lightweight long-sleeved shirts and pants. They pair that with a hat and make sure the sun isn't beating down on their skin.

They said these steps are essential to staying out of danger while on a roof.

"You could probably get light headed and pass out and find yourself hanging from the roof off of your rope, so I'm sure that can happen,” said Roger Hicks, a foreman with River Roofing.

The heat brings new challenges in their work as well because it alters the materials they're working with.

“Anywhere from like just taking the shingles out, you're having to peel the shingles apart, so it's just more time consuming in every way. And the shingles are almost like butter in the end, so it's a challenge for sure,” Hicks said.

He says they are still able to power through these challenges and get the job done, but they have to modify. They have to start earlier and work around where the sun will be.

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