Heat Wave Prompts Workplace Inspections

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(Modesto, CA)
Wednesday, July 15, 2009

California law requires that farm and construction employees as well as others who labor outdoors have adequate water and shade breaks. 

With temperatures expected to reach at least one hundred five degrees in most areas of the valley, CAL/OSHA is ratcheting up inspections to make sure that employers, such as farm labor contractors are complying with regulations according to spokeswoman Erika Monterroza. 

“We have enforcement teams out in the Sacramento, Stockton area, down through the Valley. It’s important that folks know that if you’ve got people working outdoors, you need to make sure you have a plan for them.”  

Violators are subject to fines and possibly criminal charges. Last year a teen aged farm worker died from a heat related illness in San Joaquin County.