Worker Dies After Being Crushed by Cows at Ontario Dairy

A dairy worker suffered internal injuries in the early Saturday incident in Ontario

By Jason Kandel
|  Monday, Jun 17, 2013  |  Updated 9:49 PM PDT
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Cows at a dairy farm crushed a worker in Ontario, Calif., and he later died from his injuries. Here, cows wait their turn for a morning milking at at a dairy in Florida on June 14, 2013.

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A 28-year-old Riverside man died after being crushed between a gate and cows while working at a dairy farm in Ontario, officials said.

Winston Perez was crushed before dawn Saturday at the Dick Dykstra Dairy on Schaefer Avenue in Ontario, while moving cows into a paddock, officials said.

He was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he died from "severe internal injuries" after undergoing surgery.

"He died in the Intensive Care Unit at 4:36 p.m. with his family around him," the statement from the San Bernardino County Coroner read.

A message left with the dairy was not immediately returned.

Officials with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration said they'd launch an investigation into the death, said Peter Melton, a department spokesman.

There were no records of any violations against the company, according to Cal/OSHA data, which dates back to 1972.

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