2nd worker dies in Calif. recycling plant accident

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Posted: Oct 18, 2011 6:18 PM
2nd worker dies in Calif. recycling plant accident

Kern County coroners say a worker who was left brain dead after an accident at a recycling plant last week was taken off life support and has died.

The Bakersfield Californian reports ( http://bit.ly/pTDukK) that 22-year-old Heladio Ramirez died Friday. He had inhaled hydrogen sulfide, a deadly gas that is a byproduct of compost.

The accident killed his younger brother, 16-year-old Armando Ramirez, on Wednesday. The two were working side-by-side, cleaning out a tunnel at the Community Recycling and Resource Co. in Lamont.

Armando was overcome by the gas and Heladio was injured trying to save him from the tunnel.

Rescuers had to use breathing equipment to bring the brothers out of the tunnel.

State and federal labor officials have opened investigations into the accident.

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Information from: The Bakersfield Californian, http://www.bakersfield.com