Worker dies in grinder at Clackamas meat plant

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CLACKAMAS, Ore. — A cleaning worker was killed when he fell into a running grinder at a meat-processing plant, the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputy Nate Thompson identified the worker as Hugo Avalon-Chanon, 41, of Portland. He worked for DCS Sanitation Management, a cleaning company that has a contract with Interstate Meat Distributors.

Paramedics and sheriff’s deputies were called around 11:45 p.m. Friday, after Avalos-Chanon was found entangled in the machinery.

Another worker had hit an emergency stop button, but it was too late, Thompson said.

Firefighters returned the following day to dismantle the machine and remove the body.

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