A 35-year-old woman died in a tragic accident Monday morning after was found inside a commercial meat grinder at her job. There were no witnesses during the accident, but early indications seem to suggest that the woman lost her footing and fell into the machine which was six feet below where she was standing.
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Jill Greninger, who lived Pennsylvania, fell into the grinder at her work Economy Locker Storage Company. At 11:40 a.m., coworkers found Greninger after they heard a strange noise coming from one of the machines.
Paramedics were immediately called after the body was discovered, but Greninger was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Daily Mail. Firefighters worked for 45 minutes getting her body out of the machine.
Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr concluded Greninger was likely on a set of moveable stairs with wheels. He determined the death accidental, but the lack of video evidence or witnesses made it much harder to figure what actually happened.
“This is just a tragedy,” Kiessling told ABC News. “She died inside the moving parts of the machine. We talked to the person who found her. He said he heard a noise and went to check on her and found her in the machine. He put the power down and called 911.”
“I don’t know if she got caught with the moving parts and they pulled her in, or if she just slipped and fell,” Kiessling added, “I don’t know and there’s no way of determining that.”
Coworkers, friends and family were all devastated when they heard the news. “My heart goes out to everyone who is affected by this,” the victim’s neighbor said. “Everyone is shaken and thinks that this is a tragedy that something like this had to happen to such a young lady.”
The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to investigate the matter.