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Apr 27, 2011 5:17 PM

Labor secretary warns of working in the Arizona heat

TUCSON - Federal labor officials visited the University of Arizona today, working to prevent the stress and illness that can come from working outside in the Arizona heat.

U.S. Labor Secretary Linda Solis stopped by the UA as part of an outreach effort to protect outdoor workers from heat-related illnesses, and to explain how Arizona heat can take its toll on a person.

Between 1992 and 2009, nearly 1,500 people died of heat exposure in Arizona. More than one-third of those people were in Pima County.

In 2010, there were nearly three dozen heat-related workplace deaths across the country, and thousands more heat-related illnesses every year.

Tune in to News 4 Tucson at 5 p.m. for a full report the secretary's visit.

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