An investigation by Cal/OSHA after a worker died in a date palm orchard in Thermal concluded that the employer had not taken necessary steps to evaluate workplace hazards. Safety inspectors launched the inquiry after a bee swarm killed a 49-year-old man applying water to fruit. At least 30 bees stung him after he sprayed their nest, and anaphylactic shock ended his life.
California is one of several states that has its own state-level Occupational Safety and Health Administration program. However, many workplaces throughout the country might be less likely to get a visit from OSHA inspectors due to a staffing shortage. Some of the areas hardest hit by the shortage are southeastern states such as Mississippi, Florida and Georgia.
People in California whose jobs involve being on roofs, working on scaffolds, using ladders or walking near heights do not always receive adequate safety training for fall protection. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued over 6,000 citations to employers for violations in that category from October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2017.