Two men killed in Fresno County industrial accident involving almond shaker ID’d


Two men died in an industrial accident Saturday morning at Vista Verde Ranch in southwest Fresno County.

Cal Fire responded to the accident around 11:15 a.m. on Harlan and Stanislaus avenues, along with emergency medical services, according to a news release.

The victims were pronounced dead by paramedics.

They were identified Monday by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office as Arnold Torres, 66, of Lemoore and Angel Barajas, 31, of Cantua Creek.

Deputies learned an almond shaker machine stopped working, so the mechanic, Torres, and the machine operator, Barajas, tried to repair it.

One of the men crawled under the machine and disconnected the hydraulic hoses for the shaker arm.

However, they did not set the arm down on the ground ahead of time. When the hoses were disconnected, the arm fell and crushed both men.

Other workers around the area found the victims and called deputies.

The California Occupational Health and Safety Administration is investigating the incident.

Marilyn Castaneda: 559-441-6087, @MarilynCast98