Industrial plant accidents claimed the lives of employees at two separate plants owned and operated by Tyson foods last month. The accidents occurred within twenty days of each other, leaving many wondering about how diligent the company has been in its safety practices.
The most recent industrial plant accident occurred at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Garden City, Kansas and was announced by the local county sheriff’s office on its Facebook page. Prior to that, there was a gruesome accident at one of the company’s chicken processing plants located in Alabama.
Two Tyson Employees Killed in Industrial Plant Accidents Just Twenty Days Apart
The Kansas industrial plant accident happened in the early morning hours and involved the death of thirty-year-old Kendrick Gregory. According to the sheriff, emergency personnel received a call about a man who was not breathing at 5:30 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene as the paramedics were preparing to depart for the hospital with Gregory, who fellow employees told the deputies had been “doing maintenance on the Harvest Assembly Line and appear to have been pulled up by his harness against a takeaway belt.” Though a co-worker successfully freed Gregory from the machinery, he was pronounced dead at a local hospital hours later.
Twenty days earlier, a local Alabama television station reported a death at the Tyson-owned Keystone Foods chicken processing plant in Eufaula. A 39-year-old employee named Carlos Lynn was reportedly cleaning a piece of equipment called a chiller when he was “caught in a pinch-point of the equipment” and decapitated. Following that incident Tyson issued a statement that read in part, “We’re investigating an accident at our Eufaula, AL facility yesterday that involved a worker employed by an outside contractor and will provide more information when we can. We’re grateful for the swift response and assistance of local emergency personnel.”