BAKERSFIELD, CA. -- A Central Valley farmworker has died while working in the fields, just north of Kern County.
The family is angry because they feel his death could have easily been prevented.
Alajandro Ochoa was emotional as he talked about his older brother Juan who died Friday while working in the lemon orchards near Highway 65 in Tulare County.
He and his brother were the only two man team checking the water lines for leaks when Ochoa collapsed.
Unable to lift his younger brother, Ochoa ran nearly 3 miles over hilly terrain to get help, but by then, it was too late.
"By then the paramedics came and they confirmed he was dead on site," said Alajandro Ochoa, Juan's brother.
The coroner has not yet determined how Ochoa died.
Family members say the brothers were working in unacceptable conditions.
"To have no shade where the trees are about three feet high, you can't comprehend it. At 110 degrees, its bad," said Jose Ochoa, Juan's cousin.
The family said Etchegaray Farms, Juan's employers, has offered to pay for funeral costs.
17 News contacted Etchegaray Farms but our calls were not returned.
We also called Cal-Osha and they would not comment at this time.