As we head toward summer’s peak and temperatures routinely reach the 90s and above, people who work outdoors are at increased risk of overheating. And it’s not only people like farmworkers and construction workers who are at risk.
In Illinois, farming is big business. The Illinois Farm Bureau estimates that Illinois’ agriculture industry and related activity contribute more than $50 billion to the state’s economy. But the nature of farm work and the structure of our nation’s migrant labor program make the people who perform long hours of labor in Illinois’ over 72 million farms vulnerable to abuse.