THERMAL (CBSLA) — The state agency in charge of worker safety has cited a date orchard in California’s low desert for the death of a worker fatally stung by bees last year.
Cal/OSHA issued over $40,000 in fines to Hadley Date Gardens, Inc. Thursday for the July 3 death of Gerardo Balbuena of Thermal in the Coachella Valley, where the farm is located.READ MORE: Father Of 3 Slain Children Visits Memorial Outside Reseda Apartment Complex, Mother In Custody
Balbuena was watering a date tree when he disturbed a beehive, according to a Cal/OSHA statement. Bees then attacked the 49-year-old man, causing him to go into anaphylactic shock. He died at the scene.READ MORE: Staff, Students Evacuated Safely, Suspect In Custody After Reports Of Man With Rifle Prompted Lockdown Of Sylmar High School
Cal/OSHA issued the company four citations totaling $41,310, two of which were classified as “serious accident-related.” The agency said Hadley had failed to evaluate the farm for bee and insect exposure.MORE NEWS: 1 Dead, 1 Wounded In Shooting At Tennessee High School
Cal/OSHA guidelines list bee stings as potentially fatal workplace hazards.