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Oct 3, 2012 6:21 PM by The Associated Press

Calif. investigating farmworker death

SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - State workplace safety officials are investigating the death of a farmworker who passed out while picking lettuce on a Salinas Valley farm.

The unidentified 51-year-old worker died on Monday at Mee Memorial Hospital in King City. The Salinas Californian reports (bit.ly/SplQvp) that he had been picking lettuce that afternoon in 94-degree weather.

The exact location of the farm was not known.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is investigating whether the death was heat related.

At least 14 farmworkers have died of heat-related causes since 2005, when California introduced the first rules in the nation to protect agricultural workers from heat.

Officials are also investigating two other potential heat-related farmworker deaths this summer.

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