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Heat May Have Killed Second Farm Worker
NBC17 ^ | 7/26/05

Posted on 07/26/2005 7:53:36 PM PDT by Libloather

Heat May Have Killed Second Farm Worker
UPDATED: 11:10 am EDT July 26, 2005

ROXBORO, N.C. -- A migrant farm worker who was found dead near a Person County soybean field died of heart attack or heat stroke, the county sheriff said Tuesday.

Pablo Ordaz was working at the Walker Farm, a tobacco and grain farm in Olive Hill, on Tuesday when he said he wanted to quit for the day because he didn't feel well, Person County Sheriff Dennis Oakley said.

Ordaz left the farm and was last seen walking toward a mobile home at the farm. He never returned to the home he shared with other workers.

The state medical examiner's office said Ordaz had an enlarged heart valve "that could have been a contributing factor to a heart attack or a heat stroke," Oakley said. The other workers at the farm didn't suffer from heat and were given frequent breaks and water by the farmer, he said.

Also last week, the death of a migrant farmworker in Harnett County was blamed on high temperatures.

The North Carolina Labor Department said Rito Mesa Castillo, 56, collapsed last Monday while picking tobacco in Harnett County as temperatures reached 94 degrees.

"All signs point to the fact that it was heat stroke," said Regina Luginbuhl, head of the Labor Department's agricultural safety and health bureau.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; called; carolina; farm; heat; illegal; immigrantlist; killed; may; migrant; north; now; second; worker; workers
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Heat Claims Life Of Tobacco Worker
UPDATED: 5:25 pm EDT July 23, 2005

NBC 17 has received word of North Carolina's first heat-related death.

The North Carolina Labor Department is investigating the death of Rito Mesa Castillo. The 56-year-old collapsed while picking tobacco in Harnett County on Monday. Authorities said all signs show that Castillo died from heat stroke.

Health officials are warning people who spend anytime outside to take precautions.

This is the 15th straight day where temperatures have been above 90 degrees.

Doctors want to remind people to keep lots of water with them and drink plenty of it if you are spending a lot of time outside.

1 posted on 07/26/2005 7:53:41 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

They have been called "migrant workers" since the depression (at least), when whites were competing for jobs against the Mexicans during the depression.


2 posted on 07/26/2005 7:56:18 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("Rommel, you magnificent son of bitch.....I READ YOUR BOOK!! - Gen. Patton)
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To: Libloather
Migrant worker is their job title. Illegal immigrant is their immigration status. Lib media avoids the issue by only referring to them as the former.
3 posted on 07/26/2005 7:57:25 PM PDT by NYCynic
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To: Libloather

Are all migrant workers illegal these days? My folks were migrant laborers for a while, and they weren't illegal--5th generation as a matter of fact. Just really poor after their folks went broke during the depression.


4 posted on 07/26/2005 7:57:39 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (There will be no bad talk or loud talk in this place. CB Stubblefield.)
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To: TaxRelief; Constitution Day

NC ping!


5 posted on 07/26/2005 7:58:51 PM PDT by upchuck ("If our nation be destroyed, it would be from the judiciary." ~ Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Michael.SF.
Pablo Ordaz was working at the Walker Farm, a tobacco and grain farm in Olive Hill

Damn tobacco!!

6 posted on 07/26/2005 7:58:51 PM PDT by WideGlide (That light at the end of the tunnel might be a muzzle flash.)
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To: Libloather

He could very well be illegal, in fact probably is (Vegas betting odds). But, don't make the assumption that all migrants are illegals. It ain't so.

Did I miss where in the article it said he was illegal?


7 posted on 07/26/2005 8:01:10 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s......you weren't really there.)
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To: Libloather
(illegal aliens now called migrant workers)

Here's a fairly decent list of euphemisms for illegals:

Euphemisms (Dishonest words for illegal aliens)

8 posted on 07/26/2005 8:03:53 PM PDT by LNewman
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To: Libloather

You know, see tagline, I'm not for the illegals, but if the guy was actually working on a farm, I guess that made him a farm-worker.

Not trying to be argumentative. And I'm pretty sure this fellow would have keeled over no matter what. As we all will, sooner or later.


9 posted on 07/26/2005 8:21:58 PM PDT by jocon307 (Can we close the border NOW?)
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To: hispanarepublicana
Are all migrant workers illegal these days? [snip] My folks were migrant laborers for a while, and they weren't illegal

Thanks for saving me the trouble of pointing that out. Too many here either have forgotten that, or never learned it. My parents and two oldest brother shared a tent for a couple of months, thanks to the Depression.

I'm not Hispanic, and I am totally anti illegal immigration, but Reality trumps politics. There are enough stories concerning illegals to not try attributing illegal status to every farmworker or Hispanic mentioned in the news.

Two of my older brothers spent some of their summer vacations picking fruit and knocking almonds in the 1950s. I spent some of my own summer vacations & fall weekends picking strawberries and knocking walnuts in the 1960s. It was work & money each of was greatfull to have.

I can attest that it is hot, hard, dirty work, and not something to aspire to as a 'career', but it is also honest work when performed by honest people, for honest employers.

10 posted on 07/26/2005 8:40:20 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: ApplegateRanch

My grandparents lost their farms in the Depression, and so they did what they knew--farm work--but they had to go to where the work was, including the kids (my parents' generation). Fortunately, all that was over by the time I was born. But, sometimes, when it's very hot and I'm out toiling in the garden for pleasure and picking veggies, etc., I think how it must have been to do that for a living on someone else's land. They used to tell me how they had worked even harder on their own land, but it didn't seem as hard because it was theirs and not someone else's.


11 posted on 07/26/2005 8:46:25 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (There will be no bad talk or loud talk in this place. CB Stubblefield.)
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To: Libloather
>>"15th day over 90 degrees">>>

Oh My God how do people survive there???? >//sarcasm alert//
12 posted on 07/26/2005 8:53:28 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: hispanarepublicana

There are millions of stories like yours, and every one of them from a citizen, something too many seem to forget.

Blessedly, I was born at the end of the war, and after my parents...who also lost everything in the Depression as a fairly newly married couple...were back on their feet.

My father was heavy construction...another 'migrant' occupation; one much too often confused with "Okies", "Rednecks", and "Trailer Trash".


13 posted on 07/26/2005 8:56:03 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: Libloather

migrant procurement specialist aka shop lifter


14 posted on 07/26/2005 8:57:55 PM PDT by joesnuffy (The state always has solutions to the problems it creates...more freedom will never be a solution)
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To: Michael.SF.

Legals migrating from California is one thing
Illegally invading from Mexico is quite another


15 posted on 07/26/2005 8:58:56 PM PDT by joesnuffy (The state always has solutions to the problems it creates...more freedom will never be a solution)
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To: Libloather
Doctors want to remind people to keep lots of water with them and drink plenty of it if you are spending a lot of time outside.

It's too bad salt has been demonized.

16 posted on 07/26/2005 9:00:29 PM PDT by Moonman62 (Federal creed: If it moves tax it. If it keeps moving regulate it. If it stops moving subsidize it)
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To: Moonman62
It's too bad salt has been demonized.

Several years ago, I avoided salt like the plague. I tried to donate blood one time, and my BP was too low. Someone recommended that I up my salt intake, and I haven't had a low or high blood pressure problem since.

17 posted on 07/26/2005 9:04:14 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (There will be no bad talk or loud talk in this place. CB Stubblefield.)
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To: Libloather; All

Dusty Baker

"It's easier for most Latin guys and it's easier for most minority people because most of us come from heat,". "You don't find too many brothers in New Hampshire and Maine and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. ... We were brought over here for the heat, right? Isn't that history? Weren't we brought over because we could take the heat?"

18 posted on 07/26/2005 9:14:46 PM PDT by Conservative Firster
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 4.1O dana super trac pak; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; ...

ping


19 posted on 07/26/2005 9:21:44 PM PDT by gubamyster
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To: jocon307
And I'm pretty sure this fellow would have keeled over no matter what. As we all will, sooner or later.

I plan on living forever.

So far, so good.

20 posted on 07/26/2005 9:47:37 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Constitution Day; TaxRelief; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; A2J; a4drvr; Adder; ...
Be careful out there, folks. The heat here is really different from CA. In CA, when it gets this hot, you have no choice, your body takes over and runs for shade. Here, with the moistness (humidity), the heat can be VERY deceptive.

NC *Ping*

Please FRmail Constitution Day OR TaxRelief OR Alia if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
21 posted on 07/27/2005 4:46:39 AM PDT by Alia
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To: Moonman62; hispanarepublicana

Taking my celery and cucumber juice with me today. It's already bad outside and wish I didn't have to even set one foot outside :(


22 posted on 07/27/2005 4:51:56 AM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: Alia

When the temp. gets into the mid 90s in NC it feels like Miami.

I had a bout with heat exaustion and heart back in June. Spent the night in the hospital. Dr. told me to quit my job.
I took his advice.


23 posted on 07/27/2005 6:06:52 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: cyborg

I saw some references to these juices in another post you made. Can you share any of this info? Why celery and cucumber? What other veggie juices do you drink?


24 posted on 07/27/2005 6:23:37 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (There will be no bad talk or loud talk in this place. CB Stubblefield.)
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To: Vinnie

Vinnie! I'm glad you are alright; AND that you took your doctor's counsel. I'm learning about the heat here. It's very, very different from CA heat. I would hazard to say.. in CA, you're more inclined to sun-stroke; whereas in the South, heat exhaustion and heat-stress.


25 posted on 07/27/2005 7:52:35 AM PDT by Alia
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To: hispanarepublicana

celery has natural sodium in it and cucumber is a cooling juice...after my lunch nap, I'm going to make some before I go. This heat is murder. I make watermelon and also carrot,dandelion,spinach and some wild chickory.


26 posted on 07/27/2005 9:19:38 AM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: cyborg

I have TONS of cucumber growing in my garden. Do you have a website or someplace where I could get more info?


27 posted on 07/27/2005 9:21:47 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (There will be no bad talk or loud talk in this place. CB Stubblefield.)
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To: cyborg

PS: It's 75 degrees and cloudy here in my part of TX today. Eat your heart out.


28 posted on 07/27/2005 9:22:21 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (There will be no bad talk or loud talk in this place. CB Stubblefield.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

http://www.freedomyou.com
http://www.living-foods.com

Also N.W.Walker's books are good for juice recipes.


29 posted on 07/27/2005 9:27:52 AM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: cyborg

Thanks. I'll give it a looksee. Meanwhile, I'm on another thread discussing carnitas, Mexican rice, etc.
Decisions.....decisions......


30 posted on 07/27/2005 9:38:59 AM PDT by hispanarepublicana (There will be no bad talk or loud talk in this place. CB Stubblefield.)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I avoid rice and beans because only ends up on my behind. I have enough back there :o)


31 posted on 07/27/2005 9:58:07 AM PDT by cyborg (That's Mrs.Petronski to you thank you very much.)
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To: NYCynic
Migrant worker is their job title. Illegal immigrant is their immigration status. Lib media avoids the issue by only referring to them as the former.

Migrant worker is their job title. Illegal immigrant is their immigration status. Lib media avoids the issue by only referring to them as the former.

Migrant worker is their job title. Illegal immigrant is their immigration status. Lib media avoids the issue by only referring to them as the former.

Migrant worker is their job title. Illegal immigrant is their immigration status. Lib media avoids the issue by only referring to them as the former.

The RATs have to have it pounded into their heads.

32 posted on 07/27/2005 10:07:54 AM PDT by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 (Bush's #1 priority Africa. #2 priority appease Fox and Mexico . . . USA priority #64.)
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To: Dont_Tread_On_Me_888

Well, just so everyone knows and is clear on this:

Person County Sheriff Dennis Oakley said Pablo Ordaz was working at the Walker Farm, a tobacco and grain farm, in Olive Hill, NC.

Oakley said that Ordaz was a legal immigrant who was working lawfully in the country and had been placed at the farm through a migrant worker program.

Lori Fernald Khamala, N.C. Coordinator for the National Farmer Worker Ministry, said legislative efforts were ongoing to try to extend worker's compensation benefits to more migrant workers but previous efforts have all failed. Currently very few migrant farm workers are covered through worker's compensation, she said.

This information obtained from:
www.herald-sun.com


33 posted on 08/09/2005 7:27:21 AM PDT by hamhawk
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