Fresno, CA — New regulations to take effect next week will protect outdoor workers from the heat.
The measures come as California´s workplace safety board investigates whether the heat led to ten on-the-job deaths since last month.
Four of the recent deaths were among field workers, picking peppers and grapes under a blazing sun and temperatures that soared to 108-degrees. Several construction and utility workers have also died in recent weeks from heat-related illness.
Most of the cases were in the Central Valley. The new regulations require anyone toiling outside to be provided a quart of water every hour, a shady rest area and training to recognize symptoms of heat stroke. Employers who fail to comply can be criminally prosecuted.