Worker dies at Smithfield Foods pork plant USA

A worker at a Smithfield Foods pork packing plant in Clinton died on 18 February 2012 after apparently being overcome by fumes.

He was found with his head in the opening of a waste -tanker at the plant. Apparently, the worker was cleaning sludge out the tanker and was overcome by fumes causing him to go into cardiac arrest. Sludge is a byproduct of sewage and can emit methane which can be fatal.

Investigators will test the air quality around the tanker to determine if any breathing apparatus was required for the work Taylor was doing, said Delores Quesenberry, spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor, which is investigating the death. It usually takes three to four months for the department to determine whether and workplace safety violations occurred that result in fines, she said.