At approximately 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, deputies from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to Interstate Meat Distributors at 9550 SE Last Rd. in Clackamas to conduct a death investigation.
The death appears to be the result of a tragic industrial accident.
Interstate Meat Distributors is a meat-packaging company that contracts with DCS Sanitation Management for cleaning services. Several contract workers from DCS were on-site cleaning the facility and equipment.
It appears one of the contract employees may have fallen into a large meat grinder that was in operation. Another worker realized something was wrong and activated an emergency switch that stopped the equipment. Unfortunately, the worker was already deceased.
Clackamas Fire District #1 responded and confirmed the worker was dead.
The deceased has been identified as Hugo Avalos Chanon, age 41, of Portland
At this point, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is assisting the Medical Examiner's Office with this investigation. All parties involved are cooperating with investigators.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) were notified of this incident per standard procedure.
Questions regarding the deceased or this investigation will be referred to the Medical Examiner's Office.
Nate Thompson, Deputy
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Clackamas County Sheriff's Office