Man Dies After Falling Into Meat Grinder At Oregon Packaging Plant

CLACKAMAS, Ore. (CBS Seattle) — A man has died at an Oregon packaging plant after falling into a meat grinder.

Clackamas County authorities say 41-year-old Hugo Avalos-Chanon, a contract employee for DCS Sanitation Management, fell into a meat blender at Interstate Meat Distributors while cleaning, KOIN-TV reports.

An employee pressed the emergency switch in an effort to stop the blender, but it was too late. Dr. Cliff Young, deputy state medical examiner, tells The Oregonian that Avalos-Chanon died from “blunt-force injuries and chopping wounds.”

Darrin Hoy, president of Interstate Meat Distributors, called it an “extremely unfortunate incident.”

“We’re not looking forward to reliving through any of it again,” Hoy told The Oregonian.

This was not the first accident at the meat packaging company. KATU-TV reports a cleaning crew employee lost a finger in 2005 in a ribbon blender.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death.

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