Why are workers most affected by the scorching heat?

-Priyanka Saurabh
The recent heatwave in India has pushed temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius in many areas, adding to the challenges faced by daily workers, especially delivery personnel and daily wage laborers. Workers engaged in such open-air work have suffered from heat exhaustion and dehydration due to prolonged exposure to extreme weather conditions without adequate health-safety measures and minimal breaks, leading to untimely loss of lives.
Daily workers work on short-term contracts or freelance work rather than permanent jobs. This includes temporary, flexible, and project-based work through digital platforms such as Uber, Swiggy, and Zomato. These jobs offer flexibility, but these people lack the benefits and protections associated with traditional employment. (To be contd)