Construction Crews Trying to Stay Safe in Hot Weather

Alan Scaia
July 20, 2018 - 11:32 am
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Alan Scaia

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DALLAS (KRLD) - A prolonged stretch of 100-degree heat is tiring people who work outside. At a construction site along 75-Central in Dallas, the contractor has set up an area for workers to cool off.

"I've got guys with families at home," says Manager Steve Griffin. "My job, now, is to keep those people safe and alive."

The construction zone has a tented area with a fan and machine that will spray mist. Griffin says the area still heats into the mid-80s in the afternoon.

He says crews start working as early as they can, but neighbors will complain if they start making noise before dawn.

"We're in a residential area, so we can't start working early," Griffin says. "There's no way we can go much past 12 or one o'clock in the afternoon, so it severely shortens our workday."

Griffin says some parts of the building his crew is working on absorb heat and temperatures can reach 160 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued Excessive Heat Warnings that run from the Red River, south to Austin and east to the Louisiana border.