Employee killed at Indiana poultry plant

By Lisa M. Keefe

A maintenance employee was killed Thursday at the Miller Poultry chicken processing facility near Orland, Ind., the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reported.

Samuel Worrell was just 25. He was injured while testing machinery used to unload crates of chickens, which he and two other workers had finished servicing. Worrell died at the scene.

The coroner said the cause of death was blunt-force trauma, according to the report. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating.

Production at the plant, which has about 350 employees, was stopped after the accident and will resume today. Worrell’s father, Joe, also works for Miller Poultry. Worrell is survived by his wife and two small children.