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Vineyard workers face toxic exposure from pesticide

Many California residents perform their work duties in less-than-ideal working conditions. Even individuals who work outside can face serious hazards, including toxic exposure. Despite being out in the fresh air, chemicals can still put workers at risk of serious illness.

It was recently reported that approximately 60 farm workers were treated for such exposure. The individuals work at a vineyard, and they complained about smelling chemicals while out working. The smell was apparently coming from a neighboring peach orchard that was being sprayed with pesticide. It was unclear how long after they began smelling the chemicals that the vineyard workers continued to carry out their duties in the area.

The situation resulted in hazardous materials teams rinsing off the workers presumably in efforts to mitigate the possible effects of the exposure. Three workers were taken to an area hospital after complaining about nausea, vomiting and additional symptoms. Their exact conditions were not given at the time of the report. Additional information may become available at a later time.

Facing toxic exposure can cause a considerable number of health issues. Though three of these California workers already exhibited troubling signs of ill health after the incident, their situations could become worse and so could other exposed workers. Because medical expenses and time away from work could substantially affect their lives, they may wish to determine whether their situations may warrant workers' compensation. Understanding these benefits and applying for them is not always easy, and it may be wise to enlist legal support throughout the process in the event of difficulties.

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