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Judi Lynn

(160,998 posts)
Tue Apr 16, 2024, 06:59 AM Apr 16

Florida company cited over worker's heat death amid state's ban on heat illness prevention

APRIL 15, 2024 / 6:43 PM / UPDATED APRIL 15, 2024 AT 7:59 PM

By Chris Benson

April 15 (UPI) -- The Department of Labor on Monday said it cited a Florida company for its lack of preparedness to prevent heat-related illness after a heatstroke killed a 26-year-old worker from Mexico in September 2023.

McNeill Labor Management Inc. -- a company that provides contract laborers for agricultural markets throughout the United States -- was cited in the investigation by the federal Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which found that the unidentified Mexican national had died from heat-related injuries while working in an open sugar cane field.

An OSHA investigation found that he had experienced symptoms consistent with a heat-related illness and soon after collapsed.
The heat index reportedly had reached 97 degrees Fahrenheit in Palm Beach County, where the man, who was legally visiting the United States on the federal H-2A program for temporary or seasonal non-immigrant workers under a Biden administration pledge to "expand lawful pathways as an alternative to irregular migration," had later died.

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Monday's OSHA announcement came days after Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that prevents local governments from enacting their own policies to protect outdoor workers in all 67 Florida counties. The state House Bill 433 signed by DeSantis -- which passed Florida's Senate in March 2024 and goes into effect July 1 -- restricts local government power by ensuring they are unable to force companies to "meet or provide heat exposure requirements beyond those required by law."


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Florida company cited over worker's heat death amid state's ban on heat illness prevention (Original Post) Judi Lynn Apr 16 OP
People need to be charged with negligent homicide. A fine is not reasonable. bullimiami Apr 16 #1
The new "We don't care if the heat kills you Law", (my name for it). Fla Dem Apr 16 #2
This is flordia, "Heat death" is the goal. Zilli Apr 16 #3
Let us Prey on the poor malaise Apr 16 #4
"state's BAN on heat illness prevention". Let that sink in for a minute. hadEnuf Apr 16 #5

Fla Dem

(24,281 posts)
2. The new "We don't care if the heat kills you Law", (my name for it).
Tue Apr 16, 2024, 09:24 AM
Apr 16

Another case of DevilDesantis bowing to the demands of the rich and powerful and giving the finger to the powerless. Following in the footsteps of his idol Greg Abbott Tx gov.

Florida bans local heat protections for outdoor workers in extreme heat
APRIL 15, 20245:08 AM ET

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a law that prevents cities or counties from creating protections for workers who labor in the state's often extreme and dangerous heat.

MESZAROS: Business interests, including billionaires, have been openly against heat protections for workers in Florida, saying they would cripple the agriculture and construction industries. The state's move comes after Texas passed similar legislation last year. Shauna Junco is a clinical pharmacist and board chair of Florida Clinicians for Climate Action. She says she's disappointed with the governor's decision. Junco says local protections would prevent unnecessary deaths from heat illness.



(2,316 posts)
5. "state's BAN on heat illness prevention". Let that sink in for a minute.
Tue Apr 16, 2024, 10:13 AM
Apr 16

This is the goal of the Republicans and the murderous sadist Ron DeSantis. To ban employers from following rules and instead allow workers to drop dead from heat stroke. What person in their right mind could support this, aside from the clearly evil people who have made it possible in the first place?

The country is insane to even allow this.

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