Last summer, 6 farm workers died heat-related deaths in the fields of California. These workers’ death should have been prevented. There are regulations in place in California that guarantee farm workers shade, water, breaks when necessary, and training for foreman and themselves on how to deal with heat stroke. But the death of workers in the fields is evidence that the regulations are not being enforced by the State and are being ignored by employers.
On March 17th, 2009, California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA), announced a that a series of seminars will take place this spring around the state to train employers on how to prevent heat illness. But training is not enough. Take action now to demand there be enforcement of the regulations this summer to prevent future deaths!