Construction Workers Brave the Heat and Smoky Air

Health experts advise that you stay inside if at all possible while the air quality continues to be poor across our region. Many people's jobs require them to be outside.

Posted: Jul 24, 2018 6:57 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2018 7:29 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Health experts advise that you stay inside if at all possible while the air quality continues to be poor across our region. Many people's jobs require them to be outside. Dressed in pants and layers, there's no way out for construction workers trapped outside in the heat and the smoke.

"The heat combined with the smoke, it just makes it a different kind of experience but the guys work through it. They’re used to working in these tough environments and they do what they have to do," said S&B James Construction President Allen Purdy.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does not require S&B James Construction to provide those N-95 masks for the outside smoke but the company does anyway. It's up to the worker to decide if they want to use it or not. Purdy said many don't.

"When they are working it's also kind of a nuisance so some of the guys want them and some of them don't. We probably have more that don't but they are available."

Purdy added overall morale is down working on in the hard combination of heat and smoky air.

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