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Memphis heat brutal for outdoor workers

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

It's not pleasant, but some folks have jobs that leave them with no choice but to sweat it out. Enduring the summer heat is just another day at the office for trim carpenters Allen and Erich Rhymer.

"There's nothing you can do about it. That's part of it," says Allen.

They spend most of their summer days, in un-air-conditioned, newly built houses. When the temperature approaches 100-degrees, like it did Thursday afternoon, that means it's even hotter where the Rhymers work.

"My best guess, it's probably about 120," says Erich.

A trip around the Bluff City shows they're not alone in the summer heat. Staple by staple, roofers endure 99-degree heat on top of a house. Not to be outdone, lawn care workers are mowing yards and construction workers are pouring concrete in the brutal weather.

With heat injuries a threat, any of these jobs can turn deadly in an instant.

Erich Rhymer says, "When you're pushing a time limit and trying to get the job done, you have a tendency to overwork and overheat.  I've had my share of close calls."

The Rhymers get few breaks from the stifling conditions.

"Not unless I pack up and go somewhere for lunch and cool off for a spell, but that's not the case," says Allen.

They say heading to the air conditioning in the middle of their day, actually does more harm than good.

Erich explains, "I don't want to go right into the air conditioning because that's when you get headaches."

So, they're left to sweat it out, no matter the temperature.

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