Fines Proposed Over Farmworker's Death in Sweltering Heat

November 14, 2018 08:53 AM
 
A federal safety agency has proposed fining a company in connection with the death of an employee who was working in a Hall County cornfield.

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — A federal safety agency has proposed fining a company in connection with the death of an employee who was working in a Hall County cornfield.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing penalties of more than $11,600 for Rivera Agri Inc., a provider of temporary farm labor. OSHA says the company failed to protect employees working in excessive heat. A company representative didn't immediately return a call Wednesday from The Associated Press.

The body of 52-year-old Cruz Urias-Beltran was found in the field on July 12 . A search had begun the evening before when he didn't return from his detasseling work. He lived in San Luis, Arizona.

Temperatures in the area reached 94 degrees on July 11, but the heat index would have been in the triple digits.
 

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ROBERT A WILLIAMS
Ada, OK
11/14/2018 02:49 PM
 

  What a terribly written article. Has the cause of death been determined? Were the workers not allowed water or other refreshment? If farm workers can't work outside in 94f temps, then I'll have to shut down farming for four months per year down here on the border. I seriously doubt this gentleman died of heat stroke. This was presumably irrigated corn, so it was probably 10 foot tall and shady. It's more likely he died of other natural causes.

 
 

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