Workers brave heat wave to work outside - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Workers brave heat wave to work outside

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Workers from 1-800-GOT-JUNK brave the heat in Windsor. (WFSB photo) Workers from 1-800-GOT-JUNK brave the heat in Windsor. (WFSB photo)

Workers have been braving this week's intense heat to get their outside jobs done.

One place where workings took the heat was Greenfield Street in Windsor.

A crew from 1-800-GOT-JUNK has been working on a house in direct sunlight.

Crews said they've been there since 10 a.m. and planned to move on to another job.

Managers said they constantly make sure their employees are working safely.

John Navin, 1-800-GOT-JUNK's general manager, told Eyewitness News that his team takes extra precautions like sunscreen, sunglasses, drinking plenty of water and taking frequent breaks.

He also said that on hot days, it simply boils down to adjusting schedules.

"If we have a big job or where it's more labor intensive, I'll try to schedule that in the mornings so they're getting it when it's a little cooler out as opposed to when it's hot out later in the afternoon," Navin said.

Navin said just because it was a little cooler on Friday than it had been earlier in the week, he wasn't letting his guard down.

Members of the Gilbert family also say they have to work outdoors in the sweltering heat. Their farm is located in Rocky Hill.

"[It's] extremely hot," said Lisa Gilbert. "But I am not going to complain about the heat this summer because I didn't thaw out my bones until March."

They said this week has been particularly tough because of the heat wave. So they said they also tried to shift schedules to avoid direct sunlight.

 "We start at 6:00 in the morning and try to get most of the heavy bulky work done before noon so that the afternoons we're not out there," Gilbert said.

Doctors recommend that people stay hydrated if they have to be outside for any period of time.

For more on the steamy forecast, check out the WFSB technical discussion.

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