By JANET McCONNAUGHEY
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal safety official says in the past month, three landscape company employees have died in Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas because their riding mowers or tractors overturned into water or a stream bed.
Eric Harbin, the acting regional administrator for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, says that equals the total of similar deaths from 2010 through 2015 in the Southwest Region, which also includes Oklahoma.
He says OSHA is investigating all three deaths.
Two of the companies involved - Clean Scapes of Austin, Texas, and Bracy's Nursery LLC of Amite, Louisiana - did not immediately return calls for comment Tuesday. A number for the third, Land Design Inc. of Little Rock, has been disconnected.
Harbin says he wants workers and employers to pay attention to safety precautions for work on slopes.