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Accident: 201496072 - Field Laborer Sustains Heat Exhaustion

Accident: 201496072 -- Report ID: 0950625 -- Event Date: 08/13/2011
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
31507102708/16/20110161Juan Luis Ayala Lopez Dba J.A. Contracting
On August 13, 2011, Employee #1, an agricultural field laborer, began working at 6:30 a.m. as a member of a three-man crew installing aluminum irrigation sprinkler pipe in a carrot field. His duties included driving a tractor, carrying pipe, and setting up pipe and sprinklers in the field. At approximately 3:00 p.m., Employee #1 experienced dizziness, cramps, and fainting. Coworkers summoned their supervisor using an employer-provided two-way radio. Upon arrival, the supervisor arranged for a friend to transport Employee #1 to High Desert Medical, where they arrived at 5:26 p.m. Employee #1 was admitted for treatment of dehydration and hypertension. The high temperature that day was 107 degrees Fahrenheit. During an interview, Employee #1 indicated that shade was available at the site, employees could bring their own water, and water was also provided by the employer. The investigation established that Employee #1 had limited experience in agriculture and had not worked outside in the heat for a considerable amount of time. Employee #1 also indicated that he had not received training pertaining to heat illness, tractor safety, or hazards associated with irrigation system piping.
Keywords: heat, agriculture, inexperience, dizziness, fainted, heat exhaustion, untrained, communication, water
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 315071027 Non Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Farm workers

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