Between May 1 and Sept. 30, outdoor workers in every Florida county routinely faced dangerous heat, the report shows. This is the first study to show exactly how many days and hours workers were put at risk during a particular period of time. Heat has been a known hazard for workers for decades, but the problem is rapidly getting worse due to global warming.
It’s no surprise that Florida is hot, but the heat is harming Floridians, and it’s rapidly getting worse. Outdoor workers routinely worked in dangerous heat this summer, and they were hurt as a result. Now more than ever, Florida workers need protection from dangerous heat – and policies to halt climate change.David Arkush, managing director of Public Citizen’s climate program