Worker Dies In Blender At Meat Plant


| May 1, 2013 - 11:44 am

One glance at the headline brings to mind Saw-worthy visuals but unfortunately there’s nothing cinematic about this Oregon worker’s fate.

A cleaning worker fell to his death in a blender at a meat-processing plant, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputy Nate Thompson identified him as Hugo Avalos-Chanon, 41, who worked for DCS Sanitation Management, a cleaning company that has a contract with Interstate Meat Distributors.

Officials found his body entangled in the machinery after receiving a call late Friday night (Apr. 26). Another employee tried to hit the emergency stop button but could not save him. Firefighters returned the next day to remove the body.

Dr. Cliff Young, a deputy state medical examiner, said Avalos-Chanon died from “blunt-force injuries and chopping wounds.” Authorities do not suspect foul play but say the investigation could take up to six months.

President of Interstate Meat Distributors Darrin Hoy said company workers are cooperating fully with investigators, but found it hard to discuss.

“We’re not looking forward to reliving through any of it again,” he said.