Health & Safety, Work Hazards

Coroner ID’s Salinas Farm Worker Crushed By Tractor

From KSBW.com, 7 Oct 2011.

Salinas farm workers pick crops with harvesting equipment.

Salinas farm workers pick crops with harvesting equipment.

SALINAS, Calif. — A farm laborer died on Wednesday while he was harvesting lettuce off Old Stage Road just south of Salinas.

Eliseo Garcia Gutierrez, 39, was picking lettuce and placing it on a conveyor belt running across a large metal crop harvester at 10:30 a.m., sheriff coroner Dan Robison said.

Gutierrez was crushed between a tractor and the crop harvesting equipment. The tractor was driven by another farm worker.

Paramedic pronounced Gutierrez dead in the lettuce field at 1777 Old Stage Rd., Robison said.

Gutierrez’s family was notified of his death. The farm worker had lived in Salinas and Arizona, migrating between the two depending on the crop season.

The California Highway Patrol and Cal-OSHA are investigating the field worker’s death.

CHP Officer Robert Lehman said he did not know who owned the farm that Gutierrez was working on.

Gutierrez had been working with a large crew of farm laborers, and several lettuce pickers witnessed the fatal accident, Lehman said.

Source: KSBW.com, “Coroner ID’s Salinas Farm Worker Crushed By Tractor” 7 Oct 2011.

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