Work Hazards

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As We See It: Search for Alternative to Methyl Bromide Continues Unabated

From, 27 April 2012. It’s a sad irony that for years growing a healthy strawberry conventionally has required methyl bromide, a chemical so harmful it has been banned by international treaty because it is destroying the Earth’s ozone layer. Another dose of irony: The soil fumigant at first favored to replace methyl bromide, methyl … Continue reading

Crushed Mushroom Worker Identified

From, Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer, 19 Jan 2012. A mushroom worker who died Monday after being crushed by a 700-pound hay bale at an Avondale processing plant has been identified, police said today. New Garden Township Police said officers responded to the Cardile Brothers Mushrooms plant in the 8800 block of Gap … Continue reading

CA Accused of Improper OK to Strawberry Pesticide

From, Associated Press, 13 Jan 2012. FRESNO, Calif.—Environmental groups say state regulators ignored science and broke public health laws when they approved a controversial pesticide for strawberry fields. Lawyers for a coalition of pesticide reform and farmworker groups argued Thursday that officials favored the input of the chemical’s manufacturer, Arysta LifeScience, over scientists’ recommendations. … Continue reading

Farmworker Interviews Reveal Heat Stress Illness

From, Vallerye Mosquera, 7 Jan 2012. With funding from University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, researchers at UC Davis and the California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) recently partnered with the Organizacion de Trabajadores Agricolas de California (OTAC) to conduct interviews with farmworkers in the Stockton area. We hoped to learn more … Continue reading

Keeping Kids Out of Silo Deathtraps: Labor Dept. on Verge of Rule Change

From, Mike Elk, 19 Dec 2011. When it’s humid during the summer, corn in storage will often get so caked together that it won’t fall to the bottom of silos. When this happens, silo operators will sometimes hire teenagers to come in for a day and jump around on the corn in order to … Continue reading

After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security

From HawaiiReporter, “After Oahu Farm Workers Fall Ill, State Inspectors Look Into Workers’ Safety, Food Security” by by Jim Dooley and Malia Zimmerman, 16 Dec 2011. The Hawaii state Department of Agriculture will inspect a Kahuku farm where undocumented workers from Laos said they were sickened by exposure to toxic pesticides. “Our enforcement field inspector has … Continue reading

Fatal Explosion at a Pistachio Farm in Kings County

From, Jessica Peres, 30 Nov 2011. KINGS COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — Emergency crews rushed to the rural area next to a pistachio grove after a loud explosion fatally injured a worker. It happened on the property of Nichols Farms while several workers were trying to extract fuel from a diesel tank. Det. Shawn McRae said, … Continue reading

Justice Never Too Late for Lake Apopka Farmworkers

From, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific, 26 Nov 2011. Sixty-one year old Geraldean Matthew, a former Lake Apopka farmworker , spends most of her days in ill health. Suffering from congestive heart failure, Lupus, and kidney failure, she believes that exposure to highly toxic pesticides that were sprayed several decades ago is … Continue reading

Pesticide Exposure and Farmworker Protection

From, Patricia Carrillo, 29 Nov 2011. “They applied a pesticide in the field the other day at work and the supervisor told us to let him know if our toes or feet start feeling numb. They said the pesticide is strong and if this happens or if we start to feel dizzy we need … Continue reading

New Changes in Child Labor Target Family Farm Operations

From, Andrea J. Cook, Journal staff, 29 Nov 2011. Proposed changes in federal child labor rules threaten the very core of South Dakota family farm and ranch operations by limiting employing and training the next generation of producers, according to producers and others involved in agriculture. South Dakota Secretary of Labor Pamela S. Roberts … Continue reading

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