As the temperatures continue to rise, several area employers say they are trying to make sure employees working outside or in factories are taken care of during extreme temperatures.

As the temperatures continue to rise, several area employers say they are trying to make sure employees working outside or in factories are taken care of during extreme temperatures.

District 2 of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department at Pine Bluff has been working a modified schedule, trying to work around the heat wave, according to District Engineer David Henning, adding that the problem occurred during a convenient time.

During a normal work schedule, employees work 10 hours a day, 4 days a week, but with the holiday week coming up, they shortened the work period.

“We’re hoping that after the holiday week is over the heat will drop like it did this time last year,” Henning said Friday.

If the heat continues, they will consider keeping an abbreviated schedule to keep the employees from getting overheated, he said.

Henning said the highway department has had its maintenance crew come indoors out of the heat about 45 minutes early toward the end of the day so they can work inside the building and cool down. He said he remembers a similar heat spell around this same time last year, and is hoping that in July the temperatures will die down as they did last year.

“We’re just keeping our fingers crossed that this weather will become mild. We’re really concerned about the lack of rain and the increase in heat,” he said.

Central Moloney Inc. has been keeping an eye on its employees during the triple digit temperatures, an official said.

“We are being extremely liberal with our Gatorade,” said Chris Hart, Central Moloney vice president, said. “We’re being really diligent in listening to our employees.”

Hart said if an employe says they are feeling sick or they look like they may be getting overheated, they can take time to cool down and feel better.

Hart said fortunately the company is going through its maintenance shut down period, therefore there’s no production at this time. He said the shut down won’t be over until July 10 and he is hoping by then the temperatures will have cooled down.

“We’re just trying to take care of our employees,” Hart said.

Human resources manager at Mid-America Packaging, Lisa Hankins, said they have iced down bottled water constantly available to their employees.

“We’re doing our best to remind employees every time we have a meeting to keep an eye on each other and to watch out for signs of someone possibly getting overheated,” Hankins said.

Hankins said they are informing their employees on what to do if they notice anyone getting pale or feeling sick.

“Get them into a cool room, get them some water and make sure that they are OK,” Hankins said.