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    :: Friday, August 12, 2005 ::

    A worker's skin color should not be a factor in setting safety standards - By Ruben Navarrette, Quad City Times, IA
    No one took care of Salud Zamudio-Rodriguez. According to media reports, on July 13, he tried to keep up when the tractor, which sets the pace of the picking, suddenly sped up on orders from the foreman. Whereas the usual speed allows workers to pick three buckets of bell peppers in 15 minutes, with time for a drink of water, the faster pace required them to pick double that in the same amount of time with no water. Near the end of the day, Zamudio-Rodriguez complained that he wasn't feeling well. Suddenly, he collapsed. An ambulance was called. En route to the hospital, Zamudio-Rodriguez died.

    The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) is investigating, looking for violations of the state health and safety code. The office has plenty to do. There have been five other heat-related deaths of workers in the state in the last few weeks.
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