Employees sweat it out as heat wave settles in

Employees sweat it out as heat wave settles in
Members of the VSU grounds crew got a little relief from the heat while they worked in the shade picking up pine cones and twigs
Members of the VSU grounds crew got a little relief from the heat while they worked in the shade picking up pine cones and twigs
Gary Turner
Gary Turner
Kelvin Hunter
Kelvin Hunter
Monica Haynes
Monica Haynes

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta's Grounds Keeper, Gary Turner, spent much of Monday traveling around the city cleaning up debris from the weekend storm.

But when it's as hot as it was Monday, that's not an easy job.

"Yeah, just walkin', it gets a little tiring. Bendin' and squattin'," Turner said, sweating, as he bent over to pick up a handful of twigs and pine needles on the sidewalk in front of the Ashley House in downtown Valdosta.

Turner said the heat can also make the job more stressful, knowing that everybody's got to pay closer attention to each other to watch out for signs of heat exhaustion. "With a crew, we try to watch out for each other down here," Turner emphasized.

VSU grounds employees also spent much of the day cleaning up debris around campus from the storm.

"We get kind of hot sometimes, but you keep doin' what you have to do," said Grounds employee Kelvin Hunter, as he tried to catch his breath while sweating and carrying an armful of twigs to the back of the cart he was driving around outside VSU's Health Sciences and Business Administration building.

VSU Grounds Supervisor Monica Haynes said whenever the heat index gets above 90 degrees, she tries to limit the amount of time the grounds employees are in the sun and reduce the intensity level of the projects as much as possible.

"We have the guys work usually in the shade on a project or we do less strenuous activity in the afternoons to combat them building body heat," Haynes explained.

Something that's easy to build on a day when the temperatures are as hot as they were on Monday.

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