High Winds and Dust Make Construction Worker Cautious

Published 04/03 2014 09:14PM

Updated 04/03 2014 09:15PM

LUBBOCK, TX--- For most construction workers, working outside in extreme heat or cold temperatures is one thing. However working in wind and dust conditions brings its own set of problems. 

Dust severely reduces visibility in some cases and today workers on West Loop 289 had issues with wind carrying away their traffic signs. 
In parts of the Lubbock area windspeeds got up to more than 50 miles per hour. 

Leonard Davis, a construction worker with O. Trevino Construction says braving the weather is part of the job. 

"The weather is nice its just the sand storm that bothers you," he says. "We reach a bunch of different places. Mainly in the Pan Handle area where its always windy and dusty." 

However, with signs being blown away by strong winds, Davis says safety is still the number one concern. 

"Yeah its hard putting the working signs up when the wind is blowing cause if you don't have people to helpyou hold it it will take you with it," says Davis.  

And when the dust is in the air, sight becomes another issue they must watch out for. 

Cause it gets in my eyes sometimes and it burns," says Davis.  "And then you can't see anything for a couple of miles." 

For these construction workers, even though they do have to take a few extra precautions because of heavy winds and dust outside, they say this kind of weather is just all part of the job. 

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