A 51-year-old California man was killed while working on a construction project along eastbound Highway 68 in Salinas. The fatal accident occurred when a 50-year-old driver hit the utility worker near Corral de Tierra Road a little after midnight on Oct. 30. The worker, who was employed by Bay Area Traffic Solutions, was declared dead at the scene.
A company in California is facing fines after spraying a pesticide too closely to a levee where construction employees were working. The incident happened in July, but it was back in the news after a plane was recorded dropping a whitewash over a nearby orchard near the levee in September. While dispersing these substances isn't illegal, Sutter County officials told the company that they must give notice to levee workers when a pesticide drop is about to occur.
Although the stated mission of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration is to assure safe and healthful workplace conditions for all workers throughout the country, the fact remains that some jobs may present more frequent risks of hazardous conditions than others.