WALNUT CREEK (KPIX 5) — With temperatures soaring this week, labor officials are cracking down on hot weather laws.
Hundreds of companies have already been cited for not providing employees with proper shade and water.READ MORE: State Sen. Wiener's Recovery Incentives Act Would Pay Meth Addicts to Stay Sober
âVery hot. But, weâve got to do what weâve got to do. Weâre at work,â Concrete North employee Manny Salas told KPIX 5.
Physical labor in hot sun can make you thirsty. And you should quench that thirst. A lot.
âWe drink at least two bottles of water an hour. At least,â Salas said.
Concrete North is living up to the letter of the law.
âAll employers who have outdoor workers must do that,â Erika Monterroza with Cal/OSHA said.
And, thatâs just the start of it.
Californiaâs job safety police have cited over 700 companies for violating hot weather laws so far this year.READ MORE: Notorious Norteño Gang Member 'Lil Rhino' Sentenced For Carrying Out Jailhouse Attacks
You need to have shade for at least a time and if there is none, the company must provide it.
You must be able to stop if you feel sick. And, your boss canât just hire you and stick you out in the heat.
âThey have to train you first, before you step outside, on what the signs and signals of heat illness are,â Monterroza said.
So far this year at least 63 people have become sick working too long in the sun, and one farmworker has died.
âOn different jobs weâve had to cool them off, get blankets on their necks, cool towels, and call emergency personnel,â Electrician Justin Keusch said.
Keusch says his IBEW union makes sure members know the rules.
âEvery time you feel sick you can take a shade break Cool down. Make sure you retain water. Itâs part of their training in their apprenticeship.â
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