The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal-OSHA) has issued a stop work order for outdoor operations at Etchegaray Farms in the South Valley, based in Kern County.
The move comes after a possible heat related death last week at an Etchegaray work site in Tulare County.
That happened after two other possible heat related worker deaths last week: one in Coalinga and the other in Yuba City north of Sacramento.
Cal-OSHA says it shut down Etchegaray Farms due to what they say were imminent hazards and the worker was at risk, and the employer failed to follow heat illness prevention regulations.
The regulations include providing access to shade, follow high heat procedures, and train on emergency procedures. "There has to be training of supervisory and also other employees before anyone starts work in order to make sure that everyone knows how to recognize signs and symptoms of heat illness, what the emergency services are, that they're in place, they know how to contact medical services..." said a Cal OSHA spokesperson.
Cal OSHA says the shutdown will remain in place until the employer shows that the hazards no longer exist.
They're also waiting for official word from county coroner on the cause of the death.
Occupational inspectors are checking fields throughout the state to make sure employers are following high heat procedures.
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