ADOT says they're keeping their crews safe in this heat.
Workers outside are trained on extreme heat dangers, wear sun protection and are taught to stay hydrated, according to an ADOT press release.
In addition, they supervisors check for signs of heat-related stress and take regular breaks. Some work is scheduled to avoid the hottest parts of the day.
Construction and maintenance crews working on Arizona’s highways are taking every precaution to beat the heat with temperatures soaring this week.
Asphalt and concrete get far hotter than the air temperature, so the risk is higher for crews.
ADOT recommends these strategies for anyone dealing with extreme heat:
- If possible, start work earlier in the day and finish before the hottest hours of the afternoon.
- Use a buddy system to watch for early signs of heat illness.
- Stay hydrated with cool water.
- Have sun protection including a hat, a light-colored and long-sleeved shirt, and sunscreen.
- If you lack experience working in the heat, acclimate over several days by taking extra time to rest and stay hydrated.
In addition, ADOT has tips for traveling in extreme heat at azdot.gov/extreme-heat [azdot.gov] .