OSHA Investigating Death Of Juan Temoxtle, Colorado Dairy Farm Employee Who Drowned In Manure Pit

Juan Panzo Temoxtle, 44, died at a Greeley health center after an industrial crash at a Weld County dairy ranch March 30. Temoxtle and an additional employee were running a work automobile that somehow drove forward right into among the a number of waste lagoons at the Shelton Dairy located about 6 miles southeast of La Salle, per a spokesperson for the Weld County Sheriff’s Office.

The taxicab of the vehicle was immersed with Temoxtle within.

Various other workers eliminated him from the car as well as the male was flown to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley where he died.

The spokesman for the constable’s office, Joseph Moylan, told CBS4 that employees from the Occupational Safety and also Health Administration are considering the incident.

Monday, Chauntra Rideaux of the U.S. Department of Labor confirmed that OSHA is checking out.

Juan Panzo Temoxtle had actually been employed at the dairy products ranch for six weeks and was being trained to operate the manure vacuum cleaner truck by the other worker at the time of the crash, according to a press release from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition.

CIRC, citing sources near to Temoxtle’s household along with various other employees at the farm, stated that the day of the occurrence was Temoxtle’s very first experience operating the lorry.

Temoxtle, CIRC included, was an undocumented immigrant from Mexico. He leaves a partner and also three children. They went to his side the complying with morning when he passed away from hypoxic injuries, CIRC specified.

CIRC gave a declaration from Temoxtle’s other half, Serafina Caliuhua Gonzalez: “Juan pertained to the United States to have a much better future for his youngsters, but however God had one more prepare for him. Juan desired his children to have a profession as well as have a better future. He functioned so tough for us. We depended upon Juan, and currently we have no person to depend upon, no one to sustain us.”

Front Line Farming, a minority- and women-led food as well as farmers advocacy group in Denver, started a GoFundMe page to profit the household.

” Undocumented employees are especially vulnerable to exploitation and in jeopardy for injuries from dangerous or unjustified working problems due to the fact that their legal condition makes their presence and also ability to work in the United States extremely precarious,” Nicole Civita, a food, farming and labor legal representative and also Project Protect Food Systems Workers’ Policy Director, mentioned in CIRC’s press release.

SB 21-087, a costs recommending improvements in the protections of agricultural workers as well as their civil liberties, is currently present at the Colorado state legislature.

CIRC mentioned in its press release that Temoxtle’s colleagues that witnessed the crash “were made to return to work; they were not supplied any type of injury counseling or various other supportive solutions.”

CBS4 got a statement from the dairy ranch Saturday:

We can not properly express the deep despair we feel over the accident that entailed one of our staff members recently. Our compassion is with their family members as most of us grieve this loss.

Our team is dealing with the Weld County Sheriff Office and also OSHA completely cooperation with their efforts as the investigation of this truly unfavorable event proceeds. We function day-in as well as day-out together with our workers and also we can share that this has actually been traumatic for everybody; the whole team feels it.

We are heart-broken for the family members and prolong our deepest assistance and treatment at this time.

Ron Shelton, whose household possesses the 2,800-cow dairy products operation, is a member of the Dairy Farmers of America Board of Directors.

 The Shelton Dairy in Weld County.

A waste shallows or manure pit serves as a storage area for animal waste which is diverted from the corrals and pens, offering an extra comfortable as well as healthy and balanced living environment for the pets.

A lot more just recently, those holding fish ponds have come under examination as possible sources of ground water contamination.

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