COALINGA, Calif. (AP) -- State officials are investigating two possible heat-related worker deaths in the wake of a heat wave in California's Central Valley.
A sixty-six-year-old farmworker died Friday after he collapsed while pruning fruit trees in high heat in Coalinga.
On May 9, an 18-year-old masonry worker lost consciousness as the crew at the small construction business in Friant where he worked was cleaning up for the day. The state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health reports that he died the next day.
State officials say they will continue reaching out to employers to ensure they comply with California's heat illness regulations and protect outdoor workers from heat-related illness this summer by providing water, shade, rest and training and implementing appropriate emergency procedures.