Friday, July 26, 2013
CRLA’s Heat Stress Training Program vital to the safety of farmworkers in California as summer temperatures threaten lives
Califrnia Rural Legal Assistance stands at the forefront of a deep-rooted struggle between farmworkers, employers and the sun’s heat. In the most recent instance, state officials are investigating whether a farmworker's death last Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in a watermelon field near Coalinga was related to extremely high temperatures in the Central Valley this summer. While it is unclear whether this death is directly linked to heat-related illness, when the temperatures soar well past 100̊F, as it has in recent weeks, farmworkers’ lives are in danger if they fail to observe the proper precaution taught by our Heat Stress Training Initiative or HSTI.