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Big-D construction crew shows us how to handle the heat

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - In one hundred plus degree heat working outdoors can be unbearable. We visited the Big-D construction site at the University of Utah to see how the men working on the new law school building are handling the heat. The $50 million dollar job is expected to take 18 months to complete and most of the hard work will be taking place right in the middle of summer.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Utah) - In one hundred plus degree heat working outdoors can be unbearable. We visited the Big-D construction site at the University of Utah to see how the men working on the new law school building are handling the heat. The $50 million dollar job is expected to take 18 months to complete and most of the hard work will be taking place right in the middle of summer.

Big-D Superintendent Dale Pruett told ABC 4 News, "The soil temperatures in the hole the other day were 160 degrees."

The boys at Big-D have been doing this a long time and they consider working outside a perk of the job.

Big-D Foreman Ryan Pritchett said, "It's a great price, I get a little red neck tan every summer who can beat that?"

A tan isn't the only thing these guys have to watch out for; Pruett actually wears long shirts and pants to work in the summer.

"It's something I learned when I worked back in Vegas,” explained Pruett. “Keep it off of you. It helps. You won't get as hot believe it or not; keeps the sun from firing you up."

Pruett has also taught his crew the importance of prepping for a hot day's work before the day even begins.

"You've got to get plenty of fluids in you, get your electrolytes up and get all your vitamins in you before, not the day you need them, but the day before you need them,” explained Pruett.

On this job site they also stress communication and how to look out for signs of trouble.

Pritchett said, “Communication and making sure us as a crew we keep an eye on each other. Make sure we look for those signs of fatigue and dehydration."

Pruett added, "I'm going to look for a guy that looks groggy or he's moving slow or excessively sweating. A lot of guys sweat more than others. If you see a guy who sweats a lot, not sweating, then you know you've got trouble."

Beating the heat at Big-D means hydrating the night before, drinking lots of water, taking advantage of the cooled trailer on the job.

“They just have to take the right amount of breaks, get the right amount of fluid,” said Pruett. “There’s plenty of shade. Again, look out for each other they've got to watch out for each other."


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