Workers Stay Safe While Battling the Heat

Published 08/25 2014 07:01PM

Updated 08/25 2014 07:06PM

Homes in West Peoria spent late Friday afternoon without power.

Ameren says crews are working to find the cause.

Once they do they will get an approximate restoration time, but extreme heat or not work outside still has to be done.

That’s true for those working on roads, roofs and rebuilding Washington.

With more than 750 building permits issued so far, homebuilders are doing everything they can to get families moved into their new homes before winter.

So to get work done on days like this, they have to take serious precautions to  stay safe.

Homebuilders in Washington summed up their working conditions like this:

“Downright miserable right now. Very hot,” said Carpenter John Graub.

Even with the temperatures in the high 90’s they have to keep hammering away.

“It’s just something you got to do. It’s the nature of the beast. When you work outside you got to work in the weather.” said worker Ben Myers.

Residents might hear construction work going on early in the day because the workers want to get out before the heat really sets in.”

“Just try to get here early, get home early and stay out the heat as much as possible,” said Myers.

Workers also stressed the importance of staying hydrated.

“We got water cooler around the side of the house in the shade. We got a Gatorade in the truck in the cooler,” continued Myers.

 “We can take a break whenever we need to. If somebody gets hot, you can sit down for a few minutes,” said builder John Lemkenann.

And some jobs, like doing anything up on a roof, are especially challenging in the heat.

“The higher you go up, like the roofers are right now, it gets extremely hot,” said carpenter John Graub.

But the workers know when it comes to rebuilding Washington. you sometimes have to tough out the extreme weather to get the job done.

 “My goal is to get these people back into their homes as quickly as possible. We got a lot of things going on right now. Everybody working hard. And it doesn't matter if it's hot, cold, whatever. We do what we go to do to help the families out,” said Graub.

Workers in Washington hoped to be off the jobsite by mid-afternoon.

Thankfully nobody was suffering from heat-related health problems at the sites we visited today.


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