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Sandoval Calls for Extreme Heat Protections After Death of Yuma Farmworker

Updated: Jul 31, 2023


July 25, 2023

PHOENIX – Rep. Mariana Sandoval called for stronger protections for Arizonans working outside in extreme heat after learning of the passing of Dario Mendoza, a 26-year-old farmworker who died after collapsing in a Yuma agricultural field last week amid a record heat wave.

"Farmworkers are human beings who deserve dignified lives and safe working conditions," said Sandoval, who represents the Yuma area. "Mr. Mendoza's tragic passing is a sign that our state is failing farmworkers, who are not only the backbone of our agricultural sector, but who are also valued and cherished members of our community."

Sandoval added, "That's why I'm calling on the Arizona House and Senate to pass legislation to protect all workers, including agricultural workers, from extreme heat by mandating standards for adequate rest, hydration, and shade. Mr. Mendoza leaves behind his longtime partner and two young children, and my heart goes out to them. I invite community members to donate to the GoFundMe set up by Mr. Mendoza's family to help cover funeral expenses."

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