About the Project

“Deadly Heat” is a data-driven investigation that involved analysis of hundreds of federal and state records and data sets and scores of interviews. Partners in the project included:

  • Columbia Journalism Investigations, an investigative reporting unit at the Columbia Journalism School in New York.
  • National Public Radio.
  • The California Newsroom and The Texas Newsroom, two public radio collaboratives that included KPCC, LAist, KERA and Houston Public Media.
  • Public Health Watch, an independent nonprofit news organization.

The project was supported in part by the Fund for Investigative Journalism.


Radio Reports From The Texas Newsroom

Karl Simmons’ Story, Part 1

Karl Simmons’ Story, Part 2

Bruno Martinez’s Story

Why Companies Are Not Held Accountable

Glenn White’s Story

Heat Deaths: What Happens Next?

Heat Safety on the Job

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t have a heat standard to enforce, but does make the following recommendations to employers in high-risk industries:

  • Encourage workers to drink water every 15 minutes.
  • Make sure workers take frequent rest breaks in the shade.
  • Create an emergency plan to follow if a worker shows signs of heat-related illness.
  • Train workers about the dangers of heat.
  • Let workers acclimatize, or build up a tolerance, to the heat.

Find more resources at: www.osha.gov/heat-exposure and www.migrantclinician.org/issues/heat.