Early this morning while cleaning a large shucking machine, Mr. Gerena became entangled in a rotary turbine engine. The fire department had to partially dismantle the machine to free Mr. Gerena, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
An investigation has been opened by the occupational safety and health administration (OSHA); investigators interviewed witnesses and gathered information this morning. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.
This is a tragic accident which should have been avoided. Safety standards and training are required when operating and cleaning heavy machinery.
Attorney Frank Fernandez is currently involved with a similar case in which his client was killed in a food processing plant while cleaning a large machine used to stir hummus.
The occupational safety and health administration requires that these machines be cut off from their power supply for cleaning and that those who handle or clean the machinery receive training for safety and maintenance.
This is an awful tragedy which most likely could have been avoided. Exactly what took place and who is at fault will be determined after the investigation.
Attorney Frank Fernandez speaks Spanish and is a Boston attorney serving the Latin community in cases of negligence, wrongful death, personal injury and criminal defense. Feel free to call Mr. Fernandez, a Boston lawyer, for a free consultation at 617-393-0250.
Man dies in shucking machine accident at New Bedford seafood plant