Tradies are finding ways to beat the heat and look out for their safety, as they find themselves working in testing conditions.
Those back on the job in the early parts of the year are regular witnesses of the mercury rising to extreme levels, and are aware sometimes regular work just isn’t possible.
Ross Davidson is currently working on the upgrades at Woodside Hall says it's a case of thinking ahead.
“I am trying to get all of the ceiling work done before the hot temperatures hit on Friday,” he said.
“That way I will be down working on the lower levels and can open up doors and let the breeze roll through.
“You are supposed to work smarter when you get older not stupider.”
With the temperature expected to reach 45 degrees on Friday and then warm up again during the next week, Mr Davidson says it is a case of keeping fluid level up.
“Drinking plenty of water is the key,” he said.
“Don’t try and drink real cold water that is no good for you. It will cause cramps in your guts and stuff like that so just drink cool water.”
Under regulation, tradespeople are not allowed to commence work before 7am which caused some annoyance but according to Mr Davidson you just have to work quicker.
He feels when conditions are hotter outside it is, in fact, better to be out there rather than working inside a building.
“If you are outside and there is a bit of shade around you, it’s not so bad because you have a breeze,” he said.
“It’s when you are inside and no breeze is where it is hottest. Everyone says it is hot out in the sun, but I would rather be on a roof in 45 degrees than inside a building when there is no breeze.”
Mr Davidson’s construction company has been working hard to make the improvements to Woodside Hall since starting there a month and a half ago.
“The job has to be finished by March,” he said.
“We still have to rip the floors up and there is heaps of work still to compete.”
The construction worker has been by himself this week getting everything in order for when the rest of his team returns from holidays.
The biggest issue faced by the team has been the endless amounts of pigeons trying to call Woodside home.
“The pigeons pull at the mesh along the side and break the wire to hop into the roof,” he said.
“At one stage we counted 80 pigeons up in the roof and came back the next day and they were everywhere.
“If we could get rid of them, that would be good, but we don’t know how to … If someone knows how to get rid of them or trap them they can knock themselves out.”
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