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Accident: 128485.015 - Employee Dies Of Heat Stroke, Drug Toxicity

Accident: 128485.015 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 06/25/2020
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1482180.01506/26/2020Sun Fresh Harvesting Inc.
At 12:00 p.m. on June 25, 2020, Employee # 1 was picking peaches. He complained to some coworkers that he did not feel well. Witnesses said he was acting stran ge. Some employees interviewed said he was hitting their cars. One coworker, h is cousin, who was also working for the employer, went to look for him. He found Employee # 1 unresponsive a short time later. Employee # 1 was taken to the hos pital in a personal vehicle by one of the coworkers. He died at the hospital of heat stroke, complicated by meth use, confirmed by the Coroner. The official cau se of death was "methamphetamine toxicity". Employee # 1 was not accustomed to t he heat, he had been released from prison two days before. He had not been train ed in heat-related illness prevention. The supervisor was not actively monitorin g the weather and had not monitored Employee # 1. No high heat provisions were i mplemented by the supervisor. It was also reported in interviews that breaks an d frequent drinking of water were not encouraged.
Keywords: drug overdose, heat, heat stroke, heat-related illness , intoxicated, unresponsive, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1482180.015 25 M Non Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction
2 1482180.015 55 M Non Hospitalized injury Laborers, except construction
3 1482180.015 34 M Fatality Laborers, except construction

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