Hot Jobs: Airport Ground Crew

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 7:30pm

EL PASO - Hot enough for you?  We've been saying it a lot.  It's hot outside.  Many people have to work all day out in the heat. 

Often they're unseen, but the ground crews at El Paso International Airport are outside toiling, lifting and sweating for more than 8 hours a day. 

They drink more than 2 gallons of water everyday, takes breaks when they can and look out for each other.  If they see a co-worker stuggling with the symptoms of heat stroke, they call in help.  Crew members know the symptoms and how to help, because they train each year.

A ramp supervisor, Fred Ontiveros, said on the runway its10 to 14 degrees hotter than the temperature outside the airport.  He said that's because of the asphalt and heat from the planes' engines.

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