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Sweatin’ in the trenches

Post by Brent Champaco on July 28, 2009 at 1:59 pm with No Comments »
July 28, 2009 1:59 pm

The heat also makes work harder for anyone who wears an orange vest and hardhat on the road.

Whether they’re laying asphalt, excavating dirt or simply directing traffic, their already warm workplace gets even hotter.

I spoke with a crew from Northwest Cascade Inc., who was excavating ditches today for a sewer project in the Tillicum area of Lakewood.

The boys in orange were digging in about 90-degree heat when I spoke to them about 1 p.m. They say the work site feels warmer.

A group of them who were on a break said that machines such as excavators pump out heat, so it feels hot just standing next to it. Sitting in the driver’s seat feels like you’re in 110-degree heat.

John Wood, a foreman, said one worker had to go home Monday to take a break from the heat. Still, the Puyallup-based company does a good job keeping its workers hydrated with water, Gatorade, etc.

It’s even advised supervisors to authorize more breaks because the hot weather, Wood said.

“It’s hot but we’re pretty hydrated,” he said.

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