As Temperatures Climb Across the Country, Workers Will Suffer
Publisher: In These Times
Date Written: 05/07/2016
Year Published: 2016
Resource Type: Article
The summer of 2016 is barely two weeks old, but this year is already on track to break high temperature records in the United States. On June 20, cities across the Southwest and into Nevada reached all-time triple-digit highs. Meanwhile, every single state experienced spring temperatures above average, with some in the Northwest reaching record highs. These temperatures have already proved deadly, killing five hikers in Arizona earlier this month. Triple-digit heat earlier that same week is also being blamed for the deaths of two construction workers, 49-year old Dale Heitman in St. Louis, Missouri, on June 15 and 55-year old Thomas F. Tommy Barnes on June 14 at the Monsanto campus in nearby Chesterfield, Missouri.
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