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Outdoor workers staying on top of hot temps

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Outdoor workers are staying on top of the hotter temperatures. 

Kevin Cooper knows how to deal with the heat. He’s a paver operator for Yeager Asphalt.

He said when the mercury rises, it makes his job tougher.

“Thirty degrees hotter, 35 degrees hotter sitting there on the paver. The screwman below, he’s probably sitting at closer to 40, 45 degrees hotter. And when everyone else is sweating around you, when you step off it feels like air conditioning,” Cooper said.

The paving and seal coating company went to work Thursday laying asphalt as hot as three to four hundred degrees at Northwood University.

It’s not an ideal task in this kind of heat.

“It’s all tough. There’s no easy part to this job. It’s very tough and it takes a select group of guys to be able to do it,” Brad Lewinski said.

Lewinski is vice president for the Mid-Michigan based business. He said his crews are built to work in all kinds of conditions, but Lewinski also takes precautions to make sure the extreme temperatures don’t get the best of his employees.

“Hydrate. Make sure that they get breaks when we can. Let them just drink. Drink a lot of fluids,” Lewinski said.

No matter what the thermometer reads, Cooper said he continues to clock in everyday, just as he’s done for the past 30 years.

“There’s no taking days off just because it’s hot,” he said. 

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