TIME magazine partnered with Georgia Public Radio and Mercer University to report on the conditions of America's largely migrant agricultural labor force in southern Georgia as workers harvest vital crops at the peak of a hot, humid summer.
Exposure to high heat, combined with a lack of water, rest and shade, can lead to poor health outcomes and even death. Yet there is no federal safety standard to protect outdoor workers. The Biden administration has called for OSHA to establish one, in a process that could take a decade or more.
Meanwhile, several attorneys general have called for emergency standards to be set in place.