An Inclusive Litany


When a heat wave hit Indiana in 1995, road construction crews were prevented from cooling off by wearing shorts because the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration required anyone working with hot tar to wear long pants. The requirement caused some workers to pass out from heat exhaustion, leading employers to send workers home as a safety precaution. Workers eventually told their congressman they would rather be earning money, and that they knew how to stay away from hot asphalt while wearing shorts.

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