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Detasslers Hospitalized After Coming Into Contact With Herbicide

While many associate "being injured while on the job" with a fall, there are so  many other dangers that can put an employer at risk. This includes occupational injuries, which can be very real danger for workers in the workplace. 


Central Iowa Healthcare has been treating about 15 detasselers who came into contact with herbicide north of Conrad Thursday afternoon, according to a news release.

    Marshalltown police are asking residents to avoid the area of South Third Avenue and Church Street pending an ongoing decontamination operation.

    "I was in shock," Alejandro Segura said. "Some people were having trouble breathing and stuff. It happened so fast."

    Segura said it was a tractor -- not a plane -- that sprayed the workers.

    Fire crews were notified around 4:35 p.m. Thursday that a Monsanto crew had been contaminated when the wind carried an herbicide being applied by a ground sprayer into the area they were working.

    "There was a vehicle that was spraying around through our lanes and stuff," Segura said. "They weren't supposed to be spraying that."

    The workers then complained of sore throats and itchy eyes.

    The victims were taken to the hospital as a safety precaution, according to officials. They are being decontaminated and evaluated at the hospital.

    "They put us through a little shower," Segura said. "They washed us up. They basically took our clothes off. They put our clothes away, and then we got sanitizing stuff."

    The Marshalltown Police Department assisted with traffic control as people were urged to avoid the area.

    Workers whose jobs include working in a loud environment, using repetitive motion or handling toxic materials such as asbestos suffer a high rate of occupational disease and disabilities. If you work in Iowa, chances are your occupation-related disability will be covered by your employer's workers' compensation insurance.

    Call Loney & Schueller, LLC, to discuss the circumstances of your disease or disability. Our attorneys have more than 30 combined years of experience helping injured workers obtain medical treatment benefits and disability wage settlements for occupational diseases and injuries caused by repetitive motion or an unsafe work environment.

    Workers' compensation insurance carriers are notorious for denying claims related to occupational disease such as hearing loss, repetitive stress injuries and illness resulting from exposure to toxic materials or unsafe environments. We have helped hundreds of workers prove their claims. We work aggressively to help you move your claim through the system efficiently and effectively.

    Common types of occupational diseases include:

    • Work-related hearing loss
    • Lead poisoning resulting in memory loss and decline in mental functioning
    • Blurred vision, diminished eyesight and blindness
    • Mesothelioma, asbestosis resulting from exposure to asbestos
    • Respiratory diseases related to exposure to toxic chemicals
    • Heart attacks, high blood pressure and cardiac conditions related to stress on the job

    Call Eric, Randy, and Sarah at 515-225-4485 or visit us at We're ready to fight for you, and to ensure you get the compensation you rightfully deserve!

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