The mother of a 24-year-old worker who died from heatstroke while working for a construction firm in San Antonio, Texas, has filed a lawsuit against his employer.
The bill nullifies ordinances previously passed in Austin and Dallas that mandated 10-minute breaks for workers every four hours.
According to the lawsuit, Infante began exhibiting heatstroke symptoms including confusion, altered mental state, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
His friend and co-worker Joshua Espinoza began pouring cold water over him, trying to cool him down.
A foreman insisted Espinoza call the police, claiming Infante’s bizarre behavior was due to drugs, and the foreman pushed for a drug test when emergency medical services arrived.
Infante later died in a hospital from severe heatstroke and had a recorded internal temperature of 109.8F (43.2C).
The Center for Disease Control states a body temperature of 103F (39.4C) or higher is a main symptom of heatstroke. »