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Document ID (ISN)59694
CIS number 93-596
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Osorio A.M., Ames R.G., Rosenberg J., Mengle D.C.
Title Investigation of a fatality among parathion applicators in California
Bibliographic information Oct. 1991, Vol.20, No.4, p.533-546. 16 ref. Appendix.
Abstract Staff of the California Department of Health Services investigated the death of a parathion applicator in California that was thought to be pesticide-related. A crew of eleven workers had been applying 0.125% parathion spray to almond orchards for approximately three weeks. On the day of the fatality, a sprayer rapidly developed symptoms of salivation, sweating, and convulsions after a half-day of work. Despite aggressive medical treatment, the worker died within one hour of his initial symptoms. This worker death is consistent with prior reports of parathion-related sprayer/applicator intoxications and is the first worker-related parathion death in California since 1972. Substitution of pesticides with less toxic active ingredients or the elimination of parathion is recommended.
Descriptors (primary) parathion; acute poisoning; fatalities; crop protection; exposure evaluation; pesticides
Descriptors (secondary) case study; agriculture; toxic substances
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
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Agricultural chemicals