The SAA Extends Our Sympathies to the Family of Kaylen Gehrke
Further, we recognize that the most vulnerable employees disproportionately face risks of heat-related illness and other field-related injuries, particularly younger field technicians and archaeologists on temporary work contracts who may feel a need to prove themselves in the field. These problems are often exacerbated by insufficient training for new technicians, lack of adequate healthcare benefits for temporary and part-time employees, and understaffing. We encourage all principal investigators, project directors, and established archaeologists to create cultures that prioritize safety and communication. The SAA is in the process of adding recognizing heat stroke and other dangerous conditions to its upcoming trainings and will consider other ways to propagate and encourage best practices in field safety.
The SAA would like to thank SAA member Jesse Wolfhagen for bringing this sad loss to our attention and Jesse, Elliot Helmer, and Ellen Chapman for drafting much of this message