HANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a 72-year-old worker who fell into a meat-grinding machine at a Kings County meat processing plant.

   The Fresno Bee reports that the accident happened early Monday morning at Central Valley Meat Co.

   The man, a Hanford resident, was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending the notification of his family.

   A spokeswoman for the California’s workplace safety agency says the plant also was investigated for an accident there in 2004, when a worker who was cleaning a meat grinder activated it and was caught in the machine. Spokeswoman Krisann Chasarik says the worker was able to switch off the machine before getting sucked in.

   The company paid a $1,100 for the failure to lock out the device in that case.

   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (35)
  1. no pun intended says:

    I wonder if he had a BEEF with god and thats why he had to meat his maker?

    1. cathy says:

      This has got to be the epitome of poor taste. Shame on you. 😦

      1. james says:

        This Mexican roach lived a good life, He worked at a meat Company for many years under a fake S.S # and probably collected Welfare. So glad he came here for a better life.

    2. Julie English says:

      @no pun intended – lol

  2. scopedope says:

    Don’t order hamburger!

  3. equinox says:

    This story is disturbing and tragic. Why would you allow disgusting comments as you have here? Are you a newspaper or a sick comedy blog? Free speech does not mean you have to leave hate filled and nauseating comments on a news report about a dead man. I don’t know this man, but I’m sure the people close to him would find these comments appalling. I do.

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