What’s the worst hot weather job?

asphalt-worker

JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM

With temperatures expected to hover around 100 degrees today in metro Atlanta, we thought we’d give kudos to those of you who have to work out in the elements, no matter how hot and humid the conditions are that day.

So let us know if you are a construction worker, a landscaper or any kind of worker who spends most of your day under the broiling sun. What do you think is the worst job to do when it’s hot outside? How do you cope with the heat? Do you have tips for others on how to cope with the heat while working outdoors?

30 comments Add your comment

Becky

June 19th, 2009
10:50 am

I don’t do well in the hot, so it’s a good thing that I work indoors..My husband is a roofer and to me that would be one of the worst jobs to do when it’s hotter than hades outside..

Scottay

June 20th, 2009
9:37 pm

I used to load airplanes for a living on that hot pavement and never batted an eye but now that I’m older and fatter, I can barely handle the walk across the parking lot to my car at the end of the day. I salute anybody that has to work outside.

Super Dad

June 20th, 2009
9:48 pm

I would think porta john pumper would be pretty rough in super hot weather.

Daniel

June 20th, 2009
10:33 pm

A Summer camp counselor ranks pretty high on this list b/c you have to deal with kids who are getting hot.

LizDawg

June 20th, 2009
11:04 pm

I always think roofers, paving, road construction, etc. would be the worst in the heat.

Some like it hot and some sweat when the heat is on
Some feel the heat and decide that they can’t go on,
Some like it hot, but you cant tell how hot til you try,
Some like it hot, so lets turn up the heat til we fry!

Lillian

June 20th, 2009
11:24 pm

I think my lawn-care man has the worst job in the heat. Because he’s so reliable he has a lot of clients. He’s out there from sun up to sun down burning in the sun. Let’s not forget how some powered lawn movers tend to give off more heat.

john

June 20th, 2009
11:56 pm

Hot! yeah sitting bin a cab of a truck with no a/c or load/unload same Van (box) in lower Ala. or in a cab w/o a/c on a piece of heavy equipmentfrom sunrise to after sunset 7 days a week or until jobs done or it rains. drink mgallons of water/ eat light . in truck take off uniform shirt and under shirt and hang in cab so moveing brezze will dry them before next stop . Oh! yeah I know HOT!!!

Ex-Ramp Rat

June 21st, 2009
12:20 am

Scottay, I loaded airplanes as well. I too, am older (and also fatter). This is my first summer off the ramp, (52 yoa and retired). Last summer I placed a thermometer on the ramp on a 95 degree reported day, (as today). It read 118 degrees!!! God help you if the pilot leaves on the APU, which blows even more heat! The only shade is under the airplane wing! The belly of the beast, (cargo bin) is only cool the first 20 minutes the plane reaches the gate. This job is awful HOT in the summer!

Jay

June 21st, 2009
1:14 am

I used to work at a Steel fabrication shop. No A/C inside the workshop. Just some fans and doors at the ends that could be opened. A lot of equipment running and welding machines and torches. If it’s 90 degrees outside then it’s 110 degrees inside the shop. Thank God I wasn’t a welder. Welders have to wear long sleeves and thick gloves so they won’t get burned so they are that much hotter.

godawgs

June 21st, 2009
1:47 am

Police officers (no, I won’t denigrate them by calling them ‘cops’ like every other media article does). They have to wear thick bullet-proof vests underneath the layers of their uniforms and carry all kinds of heavy equipment outside of the layers of their uniforms, and spend most of the day outside responding to calls or pulling over people who can’t follow traffic rules. I can’t imagine how irritating it must be to deal with ungrateful, combative people everyday, much less when it’s 100 degrees out and you’re wearing all kinds of layers and carrying a 20 pound belt full of equipment on your waist.

Matt

June 21st, 2009
2:02 am

I deliver for Pizza Hut and our uniforms are all-black. Not pleasant in this 95-degree heat.

Bullneck

June 21st, 2009
2:07 am

A police motor officer wearing all the gear and seating on a 900 pound heater.

The Sarge

June 21st, 2009
2:32 am

As crazy as it may seem, expose as little skin surface as possible…this means 1) long sleeve shirt (no short sleeves), 2) long pants (no shorts), 3) hat, preferably a desert/jungle “boonie-type. If not available, a ball cap will do/protect the neck area w/kerchief/etc and 4) hydrate often (no sodas, coffee, or those sugar-ladden “sports drinks”…just H2O). Also, time your exposure…20-30 minutes/5-10 min rest. Sunscreen on exposed areas…face, back of hands. Keep an eye on those around you/ensure all are onboard with this one.

The Sarge

June 21st, 2009
2:42 am

Ramp Rats Everywhere: Try to avoid prop/jet blast. Besides blowing hot air, this is a definite safety issue (flying debris/FOD…foreign object dammage). Keep your head “on a 360 degree swivel”. In my post-retirement job, I do a fair amount of flying; this 360 awareness is something I do not see demonstrated much.

Cicely

June 21st, 2009
2:58 am

I have a friend who fixes Air Condidtioning. He was up in someones attic today doing a repair and said it measured 132 degrees. Unfortunately he is going to be in my attic tomorrow since mine is broken too.

butch

June 21st, 2009
4:14 am

install gas pipe in apt. attic avg. temp. 130 plus

Wally

June 21st, 2009
6:30 am

My hottest job was the summer I was a roofer in Oklahoma. Salvation came in late July when I got another job at the computer center on campus where I maintained equipment in big, air conditioned rooms.

Jerome

June 21st, 2009
7:12 am

Working in the tobacco fields in south georgia you had to contend with the heat and gnats.

Mark

June 21st, 2009
7:18 am

I work as a biologist doing wetlands and endangered species work. Try hacking your way through briars and brush all day with a machete while carrying your equipment and watching for snakes and other dangers. The only water you have is what you can carry or like myself, you can use a water purifier in the field. Nothing like purified swamp water to cool you off on a hot day.

Chris Broe

June 21st, 2009
7:39 am

Try being a used car salesman on a hot summer day. Try getting in all those hot cars for test drives. Forget about it. Rich corinthian leather can leave 3rd degree burns on hot days. But you’ll get a good deal. So buy American.

clyde

June 21st, 2009
7:51 am

I spent a good deal of my working career in a boiler room containing 3 very large boilers.I mean 9 stories tall.The soot blower repair crew had a shop on the seventh floor.They were worse off than I was.At least I got to move around and go outside on occasion.

Delta Slave

June 21st, 2009
8:01 am

I have to agree with Scottay, Ramp Rat, and Sarge. It’s plenty hot working as a ramp agent. Not only is it hot on the ramp, it can get hot in the cargo bin with no air circulating and tossing bags. Back for the knees and back too. These planes are coming in back to back and you don’t have time to stay hydrated. Seems like my employer doesn’t care either

Road Scholar

June 21st, 2009
8:02 am

I have worked as a carpenter/roofer, manuel unloader of tractor trailers and rail cars, and on laying asphalt. I made a decision early to get a career that involved AC. I decided that broiuling under the sun, being baked, or fried was not in my future.

catlady

June 21st, 2009
8:25 am

Roofers and asphalt layers have the worst job. But I have a friend who locates utilities (before you dig) and that is a miserable job, too, with the walking and carrying and digging, around pavement and under bushes and around aggressive dogs. He suffers.

Fly like a Eagle

June 21st, 2009
8:33 am

Mail carriers have a very hot job also, no air conditioner in the mail trucks. A lot of walking on some routes, but that is better than being in the trucks all day for all curbside delivery routes.

Shasta (Creme Soda)

June 22nd, 2009
10:12 am

Being a prostitute I can honestly say having to work the corner on a Hot Saturday afternoon/night is the worst.

Sam

June 23rd, 2009
7:43 pm

Kitty Conrad

June 26th, 2009
5:29 pm

I grew up on a non-mechanized tobacco farm in the 1950s and had to handle green tobacco all day in July and August heat. I found out 50 years later that the reason I always felt sick was that I was poisoned by nicotine from the sticky gum on green tobacco. I’ve dug ditches, shoveled coal and shoveled manure; all are improvements over the tobacco field.

Rocketroy

July 4th, 2009
7:06 am

Gotta include the foot soldiers serving in the desert countries! Loaded down with gear,and always mindful of danger, has to be the toughest hot weather job……and the pay is lousy! On this celebration day,include a little “cool prayer” for them all….guys and gals……many reservists,over 40……tough going! Rocketroy

Seth

July 22nd, 2010
6:30 pm

I do attic insulation and it was 132 in my second to last house today