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A 72-year-old meat packing worker died after being chopped up in a meat grinder at a troubled packing plant in California. This is the third tragic accident to take place at the plant in recent years.
The manager of the Central Valley Meat Company said that 72-year-old Leopolodo Guiterrez died Monday morning when someone turned on the massive meat grinder while he was inside cleaning it.
Meat processing is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In 1998, it was reported that 30% of all industry workers received serious injuries while on the job and suffered psychological trauma at a rate 27 times higher than the National average.
The Central Valley Meat Company calls this recent death “an accident” and says they will investigate.
Feeling too sick and sad for any I told you so’s.
To any scumbags out there who are taking this as an opportunity to concern troll about meat processing or the meat industry in California — it’s not the main consumers of products who die in industrial accidents manufacturing them. It’s workers. There’s all kinds of disgusting racist baggage attached when people laugh off the lives and deaths of factory workers in industries they don’t like: people who are never going to have to work in anything as unsanitary or dangerous as a Central Valley meat processing plant for their livelihood.
Put more succinctly: factory conditions suck, poor Latino workers die, preachy vegans still don’t give a shit. I wish I could say I was surprised.
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