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Employee Tragically Dies at Tyson Beef Plant

March 30, 2020

FINNEY COUNTY, KS- writes that a man died at a Tyson beef processing plant in Kansas. The victim was identified as a 30-year-old man from Garden City. Reports indicate that police were called to the scene after a man working on the harvest assembly line was found not breathing.*

Responders transported the victim to the hospital, where he died a short while after the incident. Police reports state that the victim may have been pulled up against the takeaway belt by his harness while he was working to maintain the machine. The investigation into the fatal accident is still underway. 

A spokesperson for the company stated that the victim’s employer is deeply saddened by the loss and that they are working to determine the cause of death. The company spoke to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and said that the administration is participating in the investigation. 

The plant underwent significant renovations in 2019 following a substantial fire that damaged much of the structure. 

The tragic accident marks the second death this month at one of Tyson Food’s plants. A man was reportedly decapitated at a plant in Bakersville, Alabama, early in March while he was working to clean poultry processing equipment. The Alabama plant had recently been acquired by the company from Keystone Foods. The victim in that incident was a 39-year-old man who worked with a cleaning crew contracted out by Tyson. 

The company is the second-largest broiler company in the world and the largest in the nation. It also ranks as one of the largest producers of feed and turkey. Tyson is also working to establish itself as a leader in plant-based protein as well. 

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