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Accident: 97649.015 - Employee Experiences Heat Stroke While Detasseling Corn

Accident: 97649.015 -- Report ID: 0524500 -- Event Date: 07/21/2017
InspectionOpen DateSICEstablishment Name
1250777.01507/27/2017Jackson-Citrus, Inc.
At 4:30 p.m. on July 21, 2017, an employee was working for a farm labor contractor and crew leader. He and close to 32 coworkers were working in a field, detasseling corn. The employee had stomach problems after eating lunch. He kept working, thinking it was indigestion, until he passed out in the field at around 4:30 p.m. He was transported to Carle Foundation Hospital, in Bloomington, where he was admitted for treatment for heat stroke. The data page said he was not hospitalized. According to the Weather Underground history for Bloomington, IL, on July 21, 2017, recorded temperatures reached a maximum of 34.4 degrees Celsius (93.9 degrees Fahrenheit) at 3:56 p.m., with a relative humidity at 56 percent. The wind at 12.7 mph and a heat index of 41.6 degrees Celsius (106.9 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat index remained above 39.4 degrees Celsius (103 degrees Fahrenheit) from 1:56 p.m. until 5:56 p.m.
Keywords: corn, high temperature, agriculture, emergency response, heat stroke, heat
Employee # Inspection Age Sex Degree Nature Occupation
1 1250777.015 45 M Hospitalized injury Heat Exhaustion Farm workers

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