FRESNO -- California is investigating six possible heat-related deaths, including two cases of farmworkers who collapsed while harvesting crops, officials said Thursday.
The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health, also known as Cal-OSHA, is reviewing whether a 47-year-old worker in Blythe died because he was operating a tractor to harvest cantaloupes in 102-degree heat on July 7, spokeswoman Erika Monterroza said. The agency is also investigating the April death of a 56-year-old farmworker who was breaking corn in 84-degree heat in Imperial County.
Other cases under investigation involve a drilling crew floorman, a police officer, a temporary laborer and a grading foreman. All died in June.
In all six cases, coroners have not confirmed the cause of death....