Cold Jobs: Trashing The Cold

By Jim Madalinsky

Published 02/12 2014 05:26PM

Updated 02/12 2014 07:29PM

FRANKSTOWN TOWNSHIP, BLAIR COUNTY - Those people who collect our trash get up bright and early to make sure it's off the street and for most of them there's no such thing as an easy day at the office.
“If we're not there at certain times regardless of weather conditions they're not happy with us,” Lonnie Walters of Burgmeiers Hauling says.
And for guys like Jamie Mallon who has been riding on the back of this truck for more than five years, the colder it gets, the more difficult it gets.
 “Your fingers tend to get kind of numb and you lose feeling and it makes it kind of hard to hold on to things, the bag or the back of the truck,” Jamie Mallon of Burgmeiers Hauling says.
As tough as these guys are, they admit it does get pretty cold. They say the key is when the trucks stops, move quick.
“I didn't realize how tough it was, but tough people out here in the cold,” Scott Thompson of Burgmeiers Hauling says.
Scott Thompson isn't used to this. He's only been on the job a week, but the veteran crew around him showed him the ropes.
“Keep the long johns on and keep the gloves on the heater when you're not outside,” Scott says.
This crew says they've never been stopped by cold temperatures.
And they don't plan on it anytime soon.

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