The best and worst jobs in Norfolk on a baking hot day

Nigel Barnett of Fransham Forge took part in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2014

Nigel Barnett of Fransham Forge took part in Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2014 - Credit: Archant

Certain jobs make for warm work on a dull day, but when temperatures outdoors rise they can prove to be unbearable. With temperatures in Norfolk set to peak at 24C today, here's a look at some of the best and worst jobs to have in the region when the sun puts in an appearance.

Best and worst jobs to have during a heatwave: Blacksmith Nigel Barnett from Fransham Forge and Ben

Best and worst jobs to have during a heatwave: Blacksmith Nigel Barnett from Fransham Forge and Ben Kewell, owner of Glide Surf School in Cromer. - Credit: Archant

The Worst Jobs

• Blacksmith

For blacksmiths, such as Nigel Barnett of Fransham Forge in Great Fransham, whose profession involves working over a furnace to heat pieces of wrought iron or steel until the metal becomes easily shapable, the nice weather is certainly unwanted. He said: 'It can be really tough, we're working every day in front of a furnace that's roughly 1500C and we're constantly sweating. When it gets really bad we work out in the yard and dunk our clothes in a bucket of cold water until they're soaked. We wear them wet and re-soak them every hour or so to cool ourselves down. We also try and stay as hydrated as possible and have plenty of fans around when we're inside.' He added: 'It probably doesn't help that we're working on a big commission right now, we're making a gate for a castle in Scotland, so we've got a lot of work to do in the worst weather conditions possible.'

• Cook/chef/baker

Christian Motta with fish and chips from his Grosvenor Fish Bar. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Christian Motta with fish and chips from his Grosvenor Fish Bar. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

Working equally as hard in the heat is the team at Grosvenor Fish Bar on Lower Goat Lane in Norwich, where it's a struggle to cope with the sweltering heat around the friers. The restaurant's owner, Christian Motta, described the conditions as 'a nightmare' to work in. He said: 'It's not the easiest place to work at the moment, the heat is exhausting which makes everything feel so much harder and unsurprisingly tempers can start to fly, but I guess that's the price we pay for having nice weather.'

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He added: 'Everyone's trying to keep their spirits up and keep a smile on their face. We've got fans on constantly and three doors open, but it's not making much difference. Luckily I've got a big walk-in freezer out the back, so we've been taking turns going in there for a little while and we also nip down to Tesco quite frequently for ice lollies, and then take ice lolly breaks to help us cool down.'

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• Watersports Instructor

The growing Cromer surf scene. Ben Kewell, owner of Glide Surf School.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

The growing Cromer surf scene. Ben Kewell, owner of Glide Surf School.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

However not everyone is suffering at the hands of the heat, the team at Glide Surf School in Cromer are undoubtedly having fun in the sun, as owner Benjamin Kewell can confirm. He said: 'With this job, you get to be outside all the time, keeping fit and staying healthy while enjoying the sunshine - it doesn't really get much better than that.'

• Lifeguard

Also enjoying working on the Norfolk coast is RNLI lifeguard Nick Ayers, who said: 'Being an RNLI lifeguard has to be one of the best summer jobs around. We get to have the beach as our office and help save lives at the same time. When it's hot, it can get really busy on the beach which means we're working harder. A lot of people don't know, but as well as performing water based rescues, we are fully trained in Casualty Care which means we can deal with first aid incidents ranging from minor cuts and scrapes to broken limbs and even cardiac arrest. We also advise the public on how to stay safe in the sun while enjoying the coast this summer. Remember to Respect the Water – visit a lifeguarded beach, swim between the red and yellow flags, ask a lifeguard about tide times and where is the safest place to swim and have fun in the water. Make sure you wear sunscreen, keep cool in the shade where possible and stay hydrated.'

• Flower Wholesaler

Darren Minns, a director at Flowervision, a floristry wholesaler in Norwich, is also feeling pretty good about his profession this week, thanks to the 8,000 sq ft floral refrigerator the organisation uses to house the fresh flowers they import.

Mr Minns said: 'The flowers have to be kept at a constant temperature of 5C to 6C, so on days like this it's nice to just wander into the fridge and spend a bit of time admiring the plants. However I do feel bad for the delivery drivers who transport the flowers from here to various florists across East Anglia. Their vans and lorries often end up being as warm as a greenhouse - they definitely experience the negative side of the weather.'

Health and Safety at work

Hot conditions can prove to be a health and safety risk, with heat exhaustion and heatstroke being the potential result of strenuous labour in a hot climate. So can you leave work if it gets to be too much?

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 state that 'during working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings shall be reasonable' and 'a sufficient number of thermometers shall be provided to enable persons at work to determine the temperature in any workplace inside a building.' Employers must also supply 'clean, fresh air' as well as 'wholesome drinking water', however the application of these regulations depends on the nature of the workplace and certain workplaces such as ships and building sites are exempt.

At present there is no law that states workers can leave the office if it reaches a certain temperature, but you are entitled to complain about thermal discomfort. The national Trade Union Congress (TUC), are hoping to change this and make it illegal to keep people at work if the temperature indoors rises above 30C, they are also working on putting protection in place for drivers and those working outside. In a statement on their website, they said: 'It is usually accepted that people work best at a temperature between 16°C and 24°C, although this can vary depending on the kind of work being done... The TUC has called for a maximum temperature of 30°C (27°C for those doing strenuous work), so that employers and workers know when action must be taken.'

Until then, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are offering sun safety advice to local residents on their Facebook page, where they have posted a message reminding people to 'drink lots of cool drinks and avoid alcohol during this hot spell of weather' and 'look out for others, especially the vulnerable such as older people, young children and those with serious illnesses'.

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