Calif investigates 6 possible heat-related deaths

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 6:25 PM
Calif investigates 6 possible heat-related deaths

California officials say they are investigating six possible heat-related deaths, including two cases of two farmworkers who collapsed while harvesting crops.

A spokeswoman for the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health said Thursday her agency is reviewing whether a 47-year-old worker in Blythe died because he was operating a tractor to harvest cantaloupes in 102-degree heat on July 7. Spokeswoman Erika Monterroza says it's also investigating the April death of a 56-year-old farmworker who was breaking corn in 84-degree heat in Imperial County.

Other cases under investigation involve a drilling crew floorman, a police officer, a temporary laborer and a grading foreman, who all died in June.

In all six cases, coroners have not confirmed the cause of death.