It’s one of those moments where we are being asked to put ourselves in the shoes of some of the hardest working people – garbage collectors. The office of Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says Deffenbaugh Industries is encountering health and safety issues with its employees due to the heat.
Crews have fallen behind.
For that reason, some homes in Monday’s service area were missed. Deffenbaugh plans to schedule employees early Tuesday to finish the areas before continuing to the Tuesday collection areas.
The city says with temperatures surpassing the 100-degree mark, we can expect additional delays.
Deffenbaugh workers have been instructed to look out for signs of heat related illnesses. They have been told to slow their pace, drink extra fluids, and seek shaded areas for rest often.
In Council Bluffs, crews for Red River Waste Services began working an hour earlier Monday. This allows them to do more work during “cooler” hours of the day. It was 90 degrees by 9am Monday.