The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a stop work order for all outdoor operations in South Valley at Etchegaray Farms. This decision results from a possible heat-related death in mid-July. Juan Ochoa collapsed while working in a field with no shade in 110 degree heat.
This accident happened after two other potential heat-related employee deaths in California the same week, one in Coalinga and the other in Yuba City. OSHA shut down the farm due to imminent hazards, and the employer failed to follow standard heat illness prevention regulations. The regulations Include: providing access to shade, following high heat procedures, and training employees on emergency procedures. OSHA states that the shutdown will remain in place until the employer proves that the hazards no longer exist.