Manure pond deaths raise concerns about farmworker safety

Drowning and other manure accidents killed farmworkers in Idaho and at least four other states during the past three years.

It was still dark the morning Ruperto Vazquez-Carrera began his shift at Sunrise Organic Dairy.

It was mid-February 2016. A winter heat wave had melted snow and ice overnight, flooding part of the rural Jerome County farm. A foot of standing water made it hard to tell where the feeding area ended and the deep pond that held the farm’s manure began.

Source: Manure pond deaths raise concerns about farmworker safety