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Listen In, Lubbock: Heat Related Deaths Among Texas Workers

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Lucio Vasquez
Houston Public Media
A worker for Republic Services, a multi-billion dollar waste disposal company, dumps trash from a neighborhood bucket into a collection truck. Federal records show that 13 Republic Services workers were hospitalized for heat illnesses between 2015 and 2020.

Over the past decade, 53 Texas workers have died from heat-related illnesses—that figure has nearly doubled compared to the previous decade. Columbia Journalism Investigations and The Texas Newsroom partnered together to find out what has caused the increase in deaths? And more importantly what’s being done to protect workers from the brutal Texas heat?


Sara Willa Ernst, KERA

Stella Chavez, Texas Public Radio

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Texas Workers Are Dying In The Summer Heat, And Companies Aren’t Being Held Accountable. The full seven-part series.

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Kaysie Ellingson is the former news director for Texas Tech Public Media. She came to Lubbock after living in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a documentary producer for Alaska Public Media. Prior to working in public media, Kaysie earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in documentary production.