WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Authorities in Pennsylvania say that a woman was killed on Monday when she accidentally fell into a commercial meat grinder at a processing plant.
- Jill Greninger, 35, fell inside a commercial meat grinder at Economy Locker Storage Co around 11.40am.
- Her body was discovered by a co-worker who inspected the grinder after hearing strange noises coming from the machine.
A female employee of a processing plant in northern Pennsylvania died on Monday morning after accidentally falling into a commercial meat grinder.
Jill Greninger, 35, fell into the machine while operating it at Economy Locker Storage Co around 11.40am, according to officials.
Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette that Greninger had been standing on a set of stairs that was on wheels when she fell.
“This was a horrible accident,” Kiessling said.
However, there were no witnesses on the accident and it’s not yet determined if the employee was “reaching for something in the grinder, which was about 6 feet off the ground,” Kiessling added.
A coworker told officials that they heard a strange noise coming from the grinder. After checking, they found the Greninger’s body in the machine.
The employee immediately called for help, but the woman was already dead when first responders arrived at the scene.
Firefighters spent almost 45 minutes disassembling the grinder in order to recover Greninger’s body, the Sun-Gazette reported.
Greninger was described by coworkers and friends as “an amazing person” who “touched so many lives.”
Officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration arrived on the scene and are leading the investigation into the incident.
The Economy Locker Storage Company, located at 324 Worthington Lane in Muncy, specializes in meat sales. The plant was established in the early 1900s according to the company’s website.
Greninger’s death was the first reported at the processing plant.
Source: Daily Mail Online