August 21, 2014
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Labor officials say they're investigating whether a rash of high temperatures throughout California this year have caused the deaths of 12 workers.
A spokesman for the state Department of Industrial Relations says half of those victims were agricultural workers.
Thirty-eight-year-old vineyard worker Jorge Herrera died Thursday after spending weeks in a Bakersfield hospital following his collapse on the job July 10.
On Friday, Cal-OSHA also reported it was looking into the case of 43-year-old Raymond Romero, who died May 15 while working outside at an Imperial County seed company.
Other possible heat-related deaths have occurred this year in
construction, oil and gas, chemical preparation and warehousing
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