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Overland Park public works employees battle intense heat, remain on the job

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If workers are not careful, they could get sick while working in the extreme temperatures. (KCTV5) If workers are not careful, they could get sick while working in the extreme temperatures. (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Tuesday morning is going to be busier than normal at the Dennis Garret Public Works Building.

Street maintenance crews are coming in early due to the extreme temperatures.

Starting Tuesday, workers will come in an hour earlier, at 6:30 a.m.

The goal is to get as much work done in the early morning hours before it gets too hot.

Public works crews handle very hot asphalt. That means it feels as much as 50 degrees hotter where they're working.

“So if it’s 95, the road is going to be 50 to 60 degrees above that, so the road temperatures are around 150,” Overland Park Streets Supervisor Jeff Hunt said.

If workers are not careful, they could get sick while working in the extreme temperatures.

They say that's what happened to a colleague five years ago.

“He was putting 300-degree asphalt down and that day it was 104 or 105 degrees and the road temps were probably about 160 and we had to move him off,” Hunt said.

The extreme temperatures can also bring about heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat stroke.

Once on the job, the workers say they all look out for each other.

“A few times we’ve had to move guys into air conditioning...but that why it’s good to have our trained on what to look for,” Hunt said.

Workers say they prepare ahead of time by drinking plenty of water before coming to work and by wearing large hats to block the sun.

While on the job, they stay hydrated and take breaks in the shade, if they can find any.

Hunt says, on Friday, he will look at next week's weather forecast to decide if they need to come in early then as well.

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