Laborer Died Due to Hypertensive and Arteriosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease with a Contributing Factor of Hyperthermia.
Michigan Case Report: 13MI090
Release Date: June 25, 2014
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In the summer of 2013, a male general laborer in his 60s died due to hypertensive and arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease while working outdoors on a hot day. The decedent was conducting grounds keeping work at a machinery moving, warehousing and transportation facility. He worked for several hours in the morning cutting tree limbs. When enough of the cut limbs had been accumulated, he used a backhoe to move the limbs to another area of the facility. At approximately 10:00 a.m., a coworker noticed that the backhoe was stationary where the limb storage area was located. The employee investigated and found the decedent non-responsive and slumped forward in the seat of a non-air conditioned cabbed backhoe. CPR was initiated by employees while emergency response was called. Emergency responders assumed care upon arrival and transported him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.