Transcript for By the Numbers: America’s farm workers under threat from historic heat
We've done a lot of reporting on the dangerous record breaking she'd across the country would turn out. Are focused America's farm workers essential workers are among the most vulnerable to these life threatening weather conditions we take a look. By the numbers agricultural workers or 35 times more likely to dive he related illnesses compared to other workers. That's from 2000 to 2010 data published in the American journal an industrial medicine. 43 workers died of heat exposure in 2019 according to latest department of labor statistics. 115. Degrees that was a temperature reached in the Pacific northwest in late June. When 38 year old Sebastian Francisco Perez an undocumented farm worker origin and died from heat related illness after working a shift. 73% of agricultural workers are immigrants and about 50% are undocumented. Despite the dangers there are no zero federal emergency he'd standards in place to protect farm workers from extreme weather. Impresses cases employer was not required by law to provide water shade rest breaks or cooling station when temperatures climbed into the triple digits.
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