Five hurt in ag chemical spray


WATSONVILLE — Five field workers were slightly injured Thursday after being exposed to a spray agricultural treatment on a berry farm on Wagner Avenue at East Lake Avenue.

Watsonville Fire Division Chief and Fire Marshal Rudy Lopez said the initial report came out as a person feeling ill at 8:30 a.m. in an agricultural field. Once emergency officials arrived they called for additional ground ambulance at an agricultural field under the Dole label. 

Lopez said a supervisor provided information about the chemical. The report was that they suffered an over-spray that hit some of the workers.

The workers were sickened by a fungicide that wafted into the field where they were working. They complained of eye irritation and dizziness. Two of the workers reportedly vomited as well.

Watsonville Fire Chief Pablo Barreto said his crew bathed five workers in water immediately to help clear them of the chemical. They were then taken to Watsonville Community Hospital.

All of the workers were reportedly treated and released from the hospital.

“Overall, it turned out well, and no one was seriously injured,” Lopez said.


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