SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Not everyone has a choice to avoid this heat. 22News found some construction workers who have to deal with these conditions.
There's a balancing act between getting your project done and not getting sick.
Working on pavement, "It's just hot." With concrete, "It's pretty hot." Really doing any construction work in this heat is almost unbearable.
The sun psychologically defeats you. "It's knowing that you have to be out here all day and it beats you up. It's heat," said a Springfield construction worker.
Some city projects have workers starting a little earlier to try and beat the heat. and they're really emphasizing making sure the workers take their break.
"You have to remain hydrated all the time," said another construction worker.
Drink a lot of fluids, take it easy, wipe your face as much as you can with a rag and just keep moving
If you're working in severe heat, it's recommended to drink a cup of water every 15 minutes, take frequent short breaks in the cool shade, avoid caffeine, alcohol or energy drinks. Most of all keep an eye on your crew, watch out for each other.
Springfield Public Works Director Al Chwalek told 22News his crews are starting earlier and not doing a lot of asphalt work. He says due to the heat some projects are moving slower than usual.