A 35-year-old meat processing plant worker died on the job in Muncy Township last week.
The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office released a statement regarding the woman’s death. In it, they noted that she had fallen into a meat grinder while working at the Economy Locker Storage Company in Muncy Township just before 11:30 a.m. on April 22. The coroner himself described the woman’s death as having resulted from a horrible accident.
According to investigators, the victim had been using a sizable commercial meat grinder in the moments before the incident. They haven’t yet determined whether she was pulled in by or fell into the meat grinder.
One factor that’s making it hard for investigators to determine what happened is that no one saw the incident occur. The only reason that anyone knew that something was awry is one employee heard an abnormal noise. Soon after that, the decedent’s body was found inside the grinder.
The grinder sits approximately six feet above the ground. Investigators haven’t yet ruled out the idea that she may have been reaching inside the grinder and was somehow pulled in.
By the time paramedics arrived at the scene, the woman had already died. Even still, firefighters spent nearly 45 minutes working to take apart the meat grinder to get the woman’s body out.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s investigation into the matter is ongoing.
Each year, countless employees in Dauphin get injured on the job. A small handful of them lose their lives. Work in certain fields is more dangerous than others.
Those who are hurt on the job and those whose loved ones are killed in workplace injuries may be able to claim compensation for their losses. An attorney can advise the loved ones of workers who are killed of their right to file a claim through workers’ comp.