Worker dies in blender at meat plant: Machine disassembled to retrieve body

Worker dies in blender at meat plant: Machine disassembled to retrieve body, A worker in an Oregon meat processing plant died after he fell into a blender, in what was a gruesome scene for all involved. The firefighters found the man's body so tangled in this meat blender, that they plan to return today to disassemble the machine to retrieve the man's remains, according to ABC News on May 1, 2013.

The man worked for the DCS Sanitation Management, which was contracted by the meat plant, Interstate Meat Distributors, to clean the machines. When worker Hugo Avalos-Chanon fell into a running machine, a co-worker hit the emergency stop button, but it was too late.

The body will be removed today after the machine is taken apart. Dr. Cliff Young, a deputy state medical examiner with Clackamas County, said that the man died from “blunt-force injuries and chopping wounds.” Foul play is not suspected in this case, it is considered an accident.

The investigators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are examining evidence, reviewing records and interviewing witnesses.

Last fall OSHA issued a report on the facility after an inspection saying that the machines were not locked down during the tear-down process for cleaning. The inspector said that an “unexpected start-up of the machine” could cause injuries.

Oregon OSHA spokesperson Melanie Mesaros cautioned folks about jumping to conclusions as the investigation has just started and it could take up to six months to complete.


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