At 8:54 a.m. Friday, Kern County firefighters responded to a report of a pesticide spray.
There were three patients complaining of mild eye irritation symptoms and dizziness. A total of 17 workers were on site at the Nikkel Iron Works in the 17000 block of Center Valley Highway and Scaroni Avenue just north of Shafter.
The Hazardous Material Response team directed the affected workers to remove the exposed clothing and shower off. The ambulance crew treated the workers and they were released back to work operations.
The Tri Star Co. out of Wasco was operating the fixed winged crop duster that was spraying the almond orchard adjacent to the iron works. The Kern County Agricultural Department determined the pesticide being used was Lorsban Advanced, a lower level pesticide used to kill insects.
Kern County firefighters are reminding residents exposed to hazardous materials to call 911, remain at the location, move into fresh air and don't eat or drink anything.
- Kern County Fire Department