Kentucky highway crews shift work schedules due to high temps

Kentucky highway crews shift work schedules due to high temps

Posted: Monday, July 21, 2008 11:04 pm

With temperatures expected to hover above or near 90 degrees most of the week, some Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway Maintenance Crews are shifting work schedules and taking other action to help employees deal with high temperatures this week. The U.S. Weather Service has issued a heat advisory from noon until 6 today. Heat index values are expected to approach 105 degrees this afternoon as ambient air temperatures reach the mid to upper 90s. Many KYTC District 1 crews in Kentucky’s 12 westernmost counties will be altering work schedules. Some mowing crews are starting work at 6 a.m. and working until 2:30 p.m. to be able to finish most of their work before the hottest part of the day. Crews are also adding an extra 15-minute break during the day and providing extra water this week. Crew members are being encouraged to consume plenty of fluids to help avoid heat related health problems. When working conditions get extreme, highway maintenance crew supervisors generally consult with employees to determine their wishes about how to best deal with hot weather working conditions on a crew by crew basis. Some crews have chosen to change working hours. Others have chosen to maintain their normal 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. work schedule and deal with the heat day to day. Supervisors have discretion to schedule projects involving extreme physical labor during cooler early morning hours to help reduce the potential for heat stress to employees. The early start of the work day this week means some motorists may encounter crews out on the road during the morning commute. Motorists are advised to be alert for work zones and use appropriate caution. The combination of hot temperatures and humidity are expected to create a situation where heat illnesses are possible. Workers who have to be outdoors are advised to drink plenty of water and take appropriate breaks to cool off as needed. Published in The Messenger 7.21.08

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