By Julian Teekaram, Weekend anchor/Video Journalist - bio | email
Lima Ohio -
Take 290 degree asphalt, add a 90 degree day, and you've got what could be a dangerous working condition.
"When the asphalt comes out you can feel it. It starts making you sweat right away," said ODOT Crew Foreman Brian Rader.
That's why ODOT workers do what they can to stay safe while on the job.
"The guys know from working out in the heat everyday. They know what they're body's feeling like and if they need to stop and get some water they'll stop. I tell them if you need to go sit in the truck, turn the air on, I'm not gonna get mad," said Rader.
ODOT Public Information Officer Rhonda Pees says the crew is also given a talk about the signs of heat stroke before they head out to work. ODOT managers will even bring out water and Gatorade, making sure the crews keep hydrated all day long.