Hot, cold outdoor jobs in the Heartland

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Sizzling temperatures and several days with a heat advisory have not stopped outdoor workers from doing their jobs.

To try to beat the heat David Sailer of Sailer Roofing and his roofing crew get to their jobs earlier than usual.  As of 11 a.m., the temperatures were already in the 90s.

"If we can get five or six hours a day in this kind of heat, we feel like we've been lucky," said Sailer.

He said they have been getting to jobs around 6:30 a.m. to try to beat the heat and get as much work in as possible.

The surface of the ground is already around 128 degrees Fahrenheit and where they are working it's much hotter.

Heartland News had the roofers try to guess the temperature on the roof.  They guessed from 130 degrees to 150 degrees.  The temperatures we took on the roof were all more than 160 degrees.

"I always tell them (his workers) if you feel like you're getting too hot, go to the shade and sit down," said Sailer.

Not all manual labor is quite as hot this time of year though.  It's no surprise that at Pure Ice Company the ice needs to stay frozen, so working conditions are much cooler.

"It's probably a little bit cooler than a lot of jobs because they have the ability to handle the cold product,"said Glennon Harter, co-owner of Pure Ice Company.

The cold product and cool air helps but with this heat the job still works up a sweat.

"It's not an easy job, they have to lift, but they deliver the ice and its probably a little bit cooler than a lot of jobs," said Harter.

He said if you've got to work, it's a lot nicer to work with something cold.

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