A horrible and tragic accident took place at a meat-processing plant in Oregon when a worker fell into a running blender and died. A report from the Associated Press on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, states that 41-year-old Hugo Avalos-Chanon or Portland has been identified as the worker that suffered the tragic accident.
Avalos-Chanon worked for DCS Sanitation Management and it is the cleaning company contracted by Interstate Meat Distributors, where the accident took place per Deputy Nate Thompson of the Clakamas County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 11:45 p.m. on Friday evening, police and paramedics were called to the scene. This was right after the worker had been found tangled up in the blades of the machinery. A worker at the scene hit the emergency stop button, but there was no way to save Avalos-Chanon.
On Saturday, firefighters returned to the plant to dismantle the machine so that they could get to the body and remove it.
Investigators believes that the death of Avalos-Chanon is a “tragic industrial accident,” and no foul play is suspected. Deputy state medical examiner, Dr. Cliff Young says the death is due to “blunt-force injuries and chopping wounds.”
An OSHA inspection from fall of 2012 states that during cleaning, machines were not locked. An inspector believes that an “unexpected start-up of the machine” could cause possible injuries.
OSHA is just starting their investigation into this accident.
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