New California farmworker heat measures now in place

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- New measures are in place statewide to prevent heat illnesses in farmworkers. There are now stricter guidelines for water breaks, and more farm inspections will be required during the extreme heat. A database is also being created to track farms that are breaking the new rules.

In the past 10 years, 30 farmworkers have died from heat-related causes. "Farmworkers shouldn't have to risk death or illness from extreme heat when reasonable measures can easily prevent such tragedies," said Arturo Rodriguez with United Farm Workers of America.

In periods of extreme heat, inspectors will be going to outdoor work sites to make sure the new safety measures are in place.
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