WUNC 8/16/23: Workers are at risk in extreme heat…

News story on WUNC 91.5, August 16, 2023


Workers are at risk in extreme heat, but North Carolina has no protections by David Boraks and Kayla Young

“The past two weeks have seen some of the year’s hottest weather in North Carolina with temperatures in the high 90s and “feels like” heat index values in parts of the state over 110. Extreme heat is a risk for workers, but like most states North Carolina has no standards or regulations to protect them. As the situation worsens with global warming, advocates say it’s time for that to change.

In Wilson County, about 40 miles east of Raleigh, Abel Cruz and his coworkers were picking tobacco one day last week. The temperature was in the low 90s, and even hotter when they’re working under the plants, Cruz said.”