Worker dies in large meat blender in Oregon

Worker dies in large meat blender in Oregon

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Worker dies in large meat blender in Oregon

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by Jeff Thompson, KGW.com Staff

KREM.com

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 6:45 AM

CLACKAMAS, Ore. -- A man died at a Clackamas meat distribution plant after falling into a large meat blender Saturday, police said.

The victim was identified as 41-year-old Hugo Avalos Chanon, of Portland.

Deputies were called just before noon to the report of a death at Interstate Meat Distributors, located at 9550 SE Last Road, said Deputy Marcus Mendoza of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

Several workers from DCS Sanitation Management were cleaning the facility and equipment when one of them apparently fell into a meat blender that was in operation, Mendoza said.

"Another worker realized something was wrong and activated an emergency switch which stopped the equipment," Mendoza added. "Unfortunately the worker was already deceased."

The sheriff's office is investigating, along with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

According to an OSHA spokeswoman, Interstate Meat Distributors was cited for several safety violations discovered between October, 2012, and January, 2013, including one that reads: "Points of operation of machinery were not guarded to prevent employee(s) from having any part of their body in the danger zone(s) during operating cycle(s).

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The cleaning company, DCS, was inspected in 2001, 2002 and 2004 and found to have no OSHA violations.


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