Accident Report Detail
Accident: 201156130 - Employee Dies From Heat Exhaustion
|Inspection||Open Date||SIC||Establishment Name|
|125891994||07/20/2002||0181||Mendoza Palm Tree Nursery|
On July 19, 2002, Employee #1 and a coworker, both farm laborers for Mendoza Palm Tree Nursery, were at a tree farm in Thermal, California, using hand tools to cur off palm fronds from rows of young trees. The weather was hot and the young trees provided minimal shade. At approximately 1:30 p.m., the coworker found Employee #1 down on the ground and trembling. The coworker did not recognize the medical emergency and drove Employee #1 back to the main nursery in Coachella, California. The employer recognized the symptoms of heat-related illness and directed the coworker to take Employee #1 to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio, California. He was admitted to the critical care unit with a body core temperature of 108 degrees and a blood pressure reading of 71/33. Employee #1 died as a result of hyperthermia at approximately 2:45 p.m. on the following day.
|1||125891994||Fatality||Heat Exhaustion||Nursery workers|