Local rules mandating water breaks for Texas construction workers face cut
19 June 2023
Local rules mandating regular water breaks for construction workers in parts of Texas face being nullified amid a planned chance in the law.
Texas governor Greg Abbott has given final approval to House Bill 2127, which aims to eliminate a collection of local ordinances across the state.
Its supporters claim that it will stop business being bogged down in extra rules and regulations.
But opponents, including the Texas AFL-CIO state federation of labour unions warned that it would nullify ordinances in Texas and Dallas that established 10-minute water breaks every four hours to protect construction workers from the sun, according to the Texas Tribune.
The news came amid a heatwave in Texas, which is the state where most workers die from high temperatures, according to government data.
The Bill is set to go into effect on 1 September.