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Outdoor laborers find creative ways to keep cool

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People who must work outside in extreme temperatures are finding some unique ways to stay cool. 

Recent rains mean grass cutting crews with Southern Turf and Landscape have a full schedule. As soon as the sun comes up, Jesse Netterville's men go to work.

"Our guys know what is the hardest part of their job and they are going to naturally do that before we are getting to noon or one o'clock when it's really heating up," Netterville said. 

The men wear light-colored clothing and long sleeves to stay cool. But more importantly, they stock up on fluids and schedule breaks often to make sure their bodies are properly fueled. 

"It can be a challenge at times, but we just get it done," Netterville said. 

Everyone from laborers, operators, truck drivers and supervisors with JB James Construction must work around the sun. 

EHS & Risk Management Supervisor Scott Barnes said the weather and how to recognize heat-related emergencies are discussed each morning before crews start moving dirt.

"Pay attention to your surroundings. Pay attention to your fellow coworkers. Be sure when you are talking with the employees that they are making sense when they are speaking," Barnes said. 

Workers cool off under a tent with a large fan and coolers stocked with ice cold water. Barnes and others on site use a special smartphone app through OSHA that tells them how often they should break. 

"We can go inside there and find out information on how much water you should be taking in and if you are seeing signs and symptoms what your next step is," Barnes explained. 

Working outdoors in the summer months can be grueling, but people who have no choice said beating the heat simply means knowing your limits. 

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