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Construction workers are at high risk for heat stress, and doctors say there are plenty of symptoms to watch out for.

"You are looking for elevated heart rate, what we call tachycardia, excessive sweating. Severe cases might exhibit some mild confusion, signs of dehydration, cool clammy skin, dry skin, dry chapped lips. Those are signs you are looking for," says Dr. Niral Patel.

Construction worker Ryan Metcalf says they go through plenty of training before they can start on the job, so they are prepared for the effects of exposure to extreme heat. Ryan Metcalf says new workers go through plenty of training.

"It's a couple of days of training videos, um, a couple of eight hour courses of that, and  then as far as that, we have our weekly safety meetings. Go over our agenda for the week. What kind of safety we kind of come up with," says Metcalf.

Some construction workers say summer days can get pretty miserable, but there are ways to keep cool in the extreme heat.

"A lot of times you wear a sweatband, or a lot of times you can get these cool deals to put around your neck or whatever. It helps you keep cool, but the main thing is to stay hydrated," says construction worker Nick Kehr.

Some workers are even trained to handle an emergency situation if one should arise.

"Well, we're trained on first aid and stuff. It's just natural that they provide us water jugs. We keep 'em filled up. Sometimes you got to have two on the job," says Kehr.

The summer heat can take a toll on the human body, and the key is to remember to always stay hydrated.

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