© 2021
In touch with the world ... at home on the High Plains
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Texas Follows A National Trend: Workers Of Color Make Up Many Of The Heat-Related Deaths


More than four dozen workers have died from excessive heat in Texas, according to an investigation by Columbia Journalism Investigations, NPR and The Texas Newsroom.

Many of the Texas workers who've died from heat exposure were workers of color in construction, trash collection, mining and gas extraction.

In part two of our 7-part statewide series, we continue the story of Karl Simmons, a North Texas man who died after repairing soccer fields in Fort Worth.

A warning: this story contains sensitive audio that may be upsetting for some listeners.

Copyright 2021 KERA. To see more, visit KERA.