On March 14, 2008, Ray was driving a tracked logging shovel to another spot of a work site. He was working unusually slowly because had felt tired all day. Ray mentioned to other workers that his chest was tight and he could not catch his breath. Later that morning, the crew noticed that the logging shovel had made it onto the spur but had not moved. They went to investigate and found Ray, at the operator's station, slumped over the controls of the machine. He had died, possibly from a heart attack.
Take Home Message:
Be aware of your own health and take action at the first sign of a problem. Loggers and foresters frequently work alone. It is possible that no one will see you or hear your cries for help if you are in trouble.
Common Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack:
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