Worker Dies in Raisin Processing Machine Accident

Sanger CA – Cal/OSHA is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a female worker at a raisin processing plant after her clothes became entangled in one of the machines, pulling her in.

Authorities said the 33-year-old victim was working at the Del Rey Packing plant in Sanger, near Fresno.

Cal/OSHA said in a statement that the worker’s clothing became tangled with a piece of machinery that breaks up bunches of raisins and she struck her head.

Two co-workers shut down the machine but the woman died at the scene.

According to Bureau of Labor statistics, the number of fatal work injuries in the private manufacturing industry declined 28 percent, from 420 in 2003 to a low of 303 in 2017.

Workers in the private manufacturing industry experienced a total of 5,480 fatal injuries between 2003 and 2017.

The highest annual count of fatal injuries during this period was 463 in 2004. Since then, the number and rate of fatal injuries has declined.

Transportation incidents and contact with objects and equipment resulted in the largest number of fatal work injuries in manufacturing in 2017, with 79 fatal injuries each.

These two categories accounted for about half of the 303 workplace fatalities in manufacturing in 2017.

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