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Accident: 126954.015 - Mining Employee Contracts Pneumonia And Valley Fever

Accident: 126954.015 -- Report ID: 0950652 -- Event Date: 05/08/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1477140.01506/02/2020Lost Hills Mining Llc
In March and April 2020, an employee was working as an office manager at a gypsu m surface mine. He was in charge of scale house operations. Although he regularl y worked indoors in an air conditioned setting, he did work outdoors a couple of times. In early March, he cleared out weeds with a string trimmer. The employer offered him a dust mask and other required PPE. He spent less than half a day o utdoors. On April 28, he and a supervisor and five coworkers dismantled a traile r tipper unit in an orchard. After a pre-job discussion, the crew drove to the s ite, dismantled the unit, and brought it back to the shop. On April 29, the unit was assembled in the shop. The supervisor left after lunch. The employee called the supervisor to say that he was not feeling well and was experiencing chest c ramps. In accordance with the employer's emergency medical plan, he was taken to a nearby fire station, where an evaluation suggested he had a tender muscle in his chest. At about 1:30 a.m. on April 30, he went to an emergency room with a f ever. He was discharged with general medication. On May 1, he was tested for COV ID-19. He sought medical care several times over the next week, but his conditio n did not improve. At 8:30 a.m. on May 8, he was admitted to a different hospita l, where he was diagnosed with double pneumonia. On May 12, he was again admitte d to the second hospital. This time, he was diagnosed with Valley fever. He was released on May 15. On that day, he notified his employer of his diagnosis. He b elieved he contracted Valley fever while working outdoors on April 28. At 2:15 p .m. on May 15, the employer notified the Division, complying with reporting requ irements. On June 2, the Division opened an inspection. Because Valley fever was endemic in the region and because the employee worked mostly indoors, Cal-OSHA could not determine if he contracted his illness at work. No citations were issu ed. COVID-19 did not play a role in the employee's pneumonia or Valley fever.
Keywords: chest, infectious disease
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1477140.015 39 M Hospitalized injury Managers and administrators, n.e.c

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