Sunday, August 13, 2006

Ag-Mart cited -- again --
for failing to protect workers in its fields

Ag-Mart, the company accused of hundreds of pesticide violations that might have caused birth defects in its workers’ children, has again failed to protect employees who work with dangerous chemicals, North Carolina agriculture officials say.

The new charges stem from a worker's complaint in March that he was refused protective gear while he worked with chemicals that burned his skin and eyes.

Ag-Mart is being sued by a former field hand who, after working in
Ag-Mart's Florida fields during pregnancy, bore a child with no arms or legs in December 2004. The boy, known as Carlitos, was born in Immokalee.

Read the Charlotte News & Observer article here. And see previous posts about Carlitos here, here, here and here.