How Do You Beat the Heat? When in Vegas, Carry
a Squirt Gun
By Tami Faram
Contract glaziers are feeling the heat -- especially these days
in areas of the Western and Southwestern United States where temperatures
in Arizona and Nevada are heading toward the 120-degree range. The
excessive heat is expected to continue, according to national weather
forecasts, but many glass workers are taking extra precautions when
"The temperatures were about 116 degrees here yesterday," says
Lisa Zygmunt, a controller with Bradley Glass Contractors of Phoenix,
"We do go through a lot more water this time of year - we've probably
quadrupled our supply. We also supply 20-pound bags of ice for the
coolers that the guys take on the job in the morning," she adds.
Zygmunt says their commercial glaziers typically work the hours
between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., and many wear long-sleeved shirts to
keep their skin protected throughout the workday.
"If the guys need to take a break, we let them - in fact, we promote
that this time of year," Zygmunt says.
The glaziers at Giroux Glass Inc. in Las Vegas are also finding
ways to beat the excessive heat.
"We work early in the morning, about 5 a.m. and typically try
and get out by 1 or 2 p.m. at the latest," says Jonathan Schuyler,
chief estimator for Giroux.
"We tell our glaziers to stay up on their electrolytes, and add
more bottles of water on the job … safety is first and foremost."
Even under the hot Las Vegas sun, the glaziers at Giroux try a
bit of humor to get through the day, according to Schuyler.
"When it gets really hot we pick up the squirt gun," he says. "We
always keep the squirt gun next to the drill gun when on the job
- after all you've got to have fun, and enjoy what you're doing,"
The Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA) offers advice
to employers and employees, who are working outdoors this time of
year. "Every outdoor jobsite faces hazards posed by the sun and
heat," says Edwin G. Foulke Jr., OSHA's assistant secretary of labor.
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Tami Faram is an assistant editor for USGnn.com/USGlass