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The Sacramento Bee’s article raises two important questions: Why are fines in these cases routinely dropped to very low levels? And why has the seat reserved for a labor representative on the CAL-OSHA Board of Appeals been vacant for years?

Among the seven dead in 2008 from heat stroke in California was a 17 year old girl working in agriculture. For more details on this and other heat stroke-related stories see

Kudos to the Sacramento Bee for good coverage of this issue.