Construction Workers Bear Heat in Harrisonburg

Even though it's hot, many Valley residents are forced to work outside, like construction crews, gardeners, police and firefighters.

On Friday morning, workers with Conner Construction were installing a water line on Erickson Avenue in Harrisonburg.

While the heat made things tough, supervisor Jerry Wetzel says it's part of the job.

On days like Friday, he says crew members could ask for time off for water or shade whenever necessary.

Working in the hot sun isn't fun, but whether it's 100 degrees outside or zero degrees, there's always construction needing to get done.

"This is a year-round job and we work out in the heat and the cold. Our bodies are supposed to get used to it, but they don't," explains Wetzel. "People don't realize it, but flagging is very hard to do. You're standing in one spot all day long, and sometimes, you're not in the shade. Heat off the asphalt makes the temperature go up. We just grin and bear it, and do what we have to do."

He says neighbors close to the construction sometimes bring the workers cold drinks and ice pops.

On Friday, he says he was hoping that would happen.


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