BANGOR – With the cold and windy weather that’s been blowing through Bangor, most people are doing their best to stay indoors.
But there are some workers whose jobs will keep them outside.
As per usual with the season, winter has a tremendous amount of snow and ice, along with intense winds and bitter cold.
While most people actively avoid the cold, some workers such as technicians, construction workers and public works employees are outside enduring the weather.
“We always have stuff to do as far as tending to plow trucks, changing and cutting edges, I’ve got crews out picking up snow,” said Brewer Public Works Director David Cote. “So, they’re in dump trucks and loaders and stuff like that.”
“But there’s plenty of times when we have no choice. We gotta go out and do what we gotta do, regardless of the conditions,” Cote said. “If the work is required, we’re going to have to go do it.”
According to one health professional, the bitter cold, magnified by the strong winds, makes it possible to get frost nip, frost bite and even infections if skin is exposed for too long in the cold.
But even with all of that, they still have to endure the weather.
HVAC technician Keith Parend believes that workers, like himself, have to tough it out.
“You just have to dress in layers and keep moving,” said Parend. “Long johns and good boots.”
So, no matter the weather, there is still going to be people outside hard at work.
“We always have to work in non-ideal conditions, so we try to plan ahead the best we can,” said Cote. “All my guys usually, even when they’re out plowing, they take their warm jacket with them, their gloves with them, hats, stuff like that. If they do have to get out for some reason, they’re gonna have that stuff with them so they’re not exposed.”