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Accident: 114268.015 - Employee Is Hospitalized Four Times For Valley Fever And Pne

Accident: 114268.015 -- Report ID: 0950633 -- Event Date: 07/28/2018
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1361296.01511/20/2018Ca Dept Of Transportation
At 8:00 a.m. on July 28, 2018, Employee #1, employed by a state department of tr ansportation, was engaged in maintenance and clean-up of washout dirt along aa h ighway when he manifested symptoms of a lung infection. The employee was using heavy equipment (loader and backhoe), shovels, gloves, safety glasses, hard hat, and safety boots. The sites where he regularly worked varied, and his duties i ncluded moving dirt and rocks and filling pot holes. The employee was exposed t o dust in the air, and it is possible it carried the fungus coccidioides immitis . The employee was hospitalized on July 28, 2018, and diagnosed with pneumonia. He returned to the hospital on September 5, 2018, and was hospitalized for 8 d ays with a diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis, known as Valley Fever. He returned to the hospital twice for a total of four hospitalizations, each requiring stays of 3 to 8 days. The medical report stated that the employee was reasonably lik ely, although not certain, to have breathed cocci spores during work activities that exposed him to soil dust in early July 2018. The investigation determined that the employer had not provided or required employees to use respiratory prot ection when they were involved in outdoor tasks where dust was generated.
Keywords: cleaning, collapsed lung, construction, dust inhalation, highway, illness, infection, infectious disease, landscaping, loader/backhoe, maintenance, ppe, respirator, respiratory, untrained
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1361296.015 43 M Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction

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