Heat Has Killed Hundreds Of US Workers Over The Last Decade — And It’s Going to Get Worse

  • 384 workers have died from environmental heat exposure in the U.S. in the last decade, according to an investigation by NPR.
  • Searchers found the 52-year-old farmworker’s body amid the corn husks, “as if he’d simply collapsed,” recalled a funeral home employee.
  • “We’ve seen that the costs of [non]compliance are so cheap,” Ellen Widess said. “It pays not to comply.”

NPR writes:

“As the temperature in Grand Island, Neb., soared to 91 degrees that July day in 2018, two dozen farmworkers tunneled for nine hours into a thicket of cornstalks, snapping off tassels while they crossed a sunbaked field that spanned 206 acres — the equivalent of 156 football fields.

When they emerged at the end of the day to board a bus that would transport them to a nearby motel to sleep, one of the workers, Cruz Urias Beltran, didn’t make it back. Searchers found the 52-year-old farmworker’s body 20 hours later amid the corn husks, “as if he’d simply collapsed,” recalled a funeral home employee. An empty water bottle was stuffed in his jeans pocket. An autopsy report confirmed that Beltran died from heatstroke. It was his third day on the job.

Beltran is one of at least 384 workers who died from environmental heat exposure in the U.S. in the last decade, according to an investigation by NPR and Columbia Journalism Investigations, the investigative reporting unit of Columbia Journalism School. The count includes people toiling in essential yet often invisible jobs in 37 states across the country: farm laborers in California, construction and trash-collection workers in Texas and tree trimmers in North Carolina and Virginia. An analysis of federal data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the three-year average of worker heat deaths has doubled since the early 1990s…”

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  1. Hot damn! First damn time in history that an worker in America (pretty sure the worker in the article who was said to have died was American….but what the hell) has died of heat stroke….my God when will this unknown and never before see heat wave fade and normal (what ever that is) weather returns.

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