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Roofing contractors beat the heat while working outside

When the heat and humidity is high, employers say it can be downright unbearable. (CNY Central)

No matter what the temperature may be, roofing contractors from Josall Syracuse Inc. said they have a job to do.

When the heat and humidity is high, employers at Josall said it can be downright unbearable.

“In the middle of the summer, we usually try to wake up early and beat the heat and get our eight hours in before it gets too hot," said Josall Syracuse Inc. employer Wayne Westcott said.

Wescott and Rich Tennat are used to being exposed to extreme heat on the job.

Both men know with strenuous physical activity, they have a high potential for a heat-related illness.

Throughout this week, both men have been using a lift to repair the roof at St. John the Baptist Church in Syracuse.

Long days can cause exhaustion where, at times, they say it's okay to take a break.

“When it's real high, you don't rush. You just take your time and work and keep a steady pace,” Tennat said.

Both men know meeting a deadline is important, but not as important as their health.

Their bosses provide water on site and encourage their workers to bring extra.

“Stay hydrated and just man your crews well so you have enough help and everybody does their part,” Westcott said.

According to the United States Department of Labor every year, thousands of workers become sick from heat exposure, and some are fatally injured.

It’s also important to make sure when you work outside, to always take the proper precautions to stay safe.

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