Hot job: workers repaving Breton Rd. SE. in Grand Rapids.
Cool job: inside Ice Sculptures Ltd., where art is created in ice.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Many people are unable to escape the intense heat of summer because their jobs require them to be in the sun, while others are working in the exact opposite conditions.
One hot job is in road construction. We found a crew working on a repaving project on Breton Road SE. Not only do workers deal with weather, they also have to work with hot asphalt and exhaust from equipment like steamrollers. Workers on the Breton project say temperatures can reach 450 degrees.
"We're all watching out for each other you know if somebody gets crazy and starts falling over we'll put them off to the side and let them rest," says Scott Tone.
Construction workers survive days like this by drinking lots of chilled water, taking breaks in the shade and draping wet towels over their heads and necks.
Many companies also shift road projects to earlier in the day to avoid the peak daytime temperatures.
Employees of Ice Sculptures Ltd. spend their day in a cooler, creating art out of ice.
The business makes its own ice out of distilled water, so it's more dense and lasts longer.
Ice Sculptures Ltd. also offers public tours, giving visitors a way to beat the heat.
"In summertime, there's no question -- this is definitely the best job," says Randy Fitch. "We've had people who take tours through our place and they come through in the summertime and they want to stay, hang out, work for a little bit for free. We definitely try to be the coolest job in town, that's for sure."
Ice Sculptures Ltd. also sells scrap ice and bags of cubed ice, which are in high demand right now because of the recent power outages.
Although the business is not air conditioned, it has enough ice in it to keep it cold for 48 hours.