April 23, 2009 5:34 PM

Heat rules aim to save farmworkers' lives

John Marquez, who grew up in a farmworker family, knows how hot the fields can get. He knows as well that drinking plenty of water and resting in the shade can keep a worker from being overcome by heat. "It's common sense, but you don't realize it until it hits you," said Marquez, a Fresno-based consultant to farm labor contractors in the San Joaquin Valley and on the central coast.

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