Many individuals in North Carolina work in hot conditions, either outside during the hot season or inside buildings without cooling or ventilation. Every year, thousands of workers get sick due to heat-related workplace illnesses. In 2012, more than 30 deaths were attributed to workplace heat-related illnesses.
On Nov. 26, a sanitation worker in Winston-Salem succumbed to injuries he suffered while on the job. According to reports, the 59-year-old man was struck by a SUV on Nov. 19 while he was working.