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Accident: 785089 - Cherry Picker Dies Of Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease

Accident: 785089 -- Report ID: 1054192 -- Event Date: 07/07/1989
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
10519892307/07/19890175Lee Agidius Orchard
Employee #1, a 63-year-old migrant worker with a history of diabetes, hypertension, and congestive heart failure, woke up and told his wife he was not feeling well. He went to the orchard and began picking cherries. At about 6:15 a.m., he complained of chest pains, sat down in the orchard, and then slumped over. CPR was attempted by those present and carried on by EMTs from responding ambulance crews. Employee #1 did not respond and was pronounced dead at the scene. He was transported to a funeral home in Dallas and then to California for burial. There was no autopsy. Ten days after his death, the Oregon State Accident Prevention Division received a complaint alleging that Employee #1 had died of a pesticide overexposure. A joint Department of Agriculture/APD inspection found no evidence to support this allegation. Another worker from the farm, who had been working with Employee #1 the morning he died, was tested for RBC cholinesterase eight days after the death and was found to be within the normal range (0.67 ref. 0.5-1.0 ph units/hr).
Keywords: heart, cpr, migrant farm worker, agriculture, cardiovasc disease
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 105198923 Fatality Other Farm workers

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