Orchard worker dies after blade falls off wind machine

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities sigh a worker at a California citrus orchard has died after a blade from a wind machine fell off and struck him.

The Fresno Bee reports a 600-pound (272-kilogram) propeller struck fifty three-year-aged Richard Escobedo on Jan. Three at the orchard operated by Lovely Citrus northeast of Visalia.

Escobedo became once airlifted to a well being facility where he later died. The Tulare County Sheriff’s Place of business says he died of “extra than one blunt power trauma.”

The Lovely Company says it is investigating the accident and would possibly presumably well additionally simply “select no topic steps are mandatory to confirm that it doesn’t happen again.”

Wind machines float into hotter air into orchards on freezing nights.

The California Occupational Safety and Smartly being Administration says it has opened an investigation into the office loss of life.

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Recordsdata from: The Fresno Bee, http://www.fresnobee.com

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