Frigid weather makes it tough for people working outside
Updated On: Jan 23 2013 07:21:10 AM CST
The job must get done, no matter what the temperature is outside.
Many people who have to brave the elements say the key is layers and take plenty of breaks to stay warm.
Some of the crews we spoke with say they stay outside 20 minutes and then try to get warm. The key for some companies is to have extra people on the job.
You're freezing when the power goes out. How about freezing when workers are trying to keep the lights on?
"We discuss it with the guys about the dangers of working in the cold weather," said Steve Piech, T & D foremen for PPL electric utilities.
Those dangers? Possible frostbite, hypothermia and believe it or not-- dehydration.
"We'll work for an amount of time and they'll switch guys out," said Piech. "We'll out extra guys on a crew for a day so they can intermittently switch out."
Workers say the person who will get coldest the fastest is the one who is up in the air.
"Obviously the wind chill factor is something that comes into play," added Piech.
Because PPL crews are working with electrical currents, the lineman are wearing rubber gloves. However the rest of the clothes are warm and fire retardant.
"Every employee at PPL that works up in the electrified area needs to make sure that they wear proper FR material," said Piech.
Everyone working outside says layers are the key: hooded sweatshirts, coats and for some ear warmers.
"It's a difficult job that we do, but we do it all for our customers," added Piech.
Layers are definitely the key outside. Workers expect it to be even colder Wednesday.
Copyright 2013 WFMZ. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
DA: Autopsy shows Stone didn't die from stab wound
Trucker ordered to trial in deadly crash on Route 222
2nd suspect arrested in murder of elementary teacher
Sex offender allegedly stalks Allentown boy for 2 years
SPCA rescues dozens of dogs from home near Lititz
Police: Car runs red light; 3 people dead
3 young men killed in Northampton County accident
Father, son charged with making meth
Local Cubans react to President Obama's announcement
Manhunt over; killing spree suspect found dead in woods