Tragedy befell a small Pennsylvania town this week when a woman was found dead after accidentally falling into a meat grinder. The incident took place at the Economy Locker Storage Company, a meat processing plant business in the small town of Muncy, and has left the entire community in a state of shock.
The victim has since been identified as 35-year-old Jill Greninger, whose body was discovered by a coworker at approximated 11:30 on Monday morning. The media have reported that the employee was compelled to investigate after hearing “strange noises” coming from the machine. Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr testified that “fire and emergency personnel were called and took more than two hours to disassemble the machine before the woman's body was recovered,” according to the BBC.
The precise cause of the incident has not yet been determined by investigators. Kiessling revealed that the prevailing theory is that “this was a horrible accident” rather than there being any suggestion of foul play. He went on to add that no other employees had been present at the time of the incident, seemingly proving the claim that the disaster was unfortunate rather than suspicious.
As to precisely how Greninger became entangled in the machine, experts are still none the wiser. Kiessling told reporters that "We don't know if she fell in, or was pulled in as she was perhaps reaching for something in the grinder, which was about 6 feet off the ground." It has been suggested that Greninger may have been standing on a set of “wheeled stairs” before the incident, which may have been the cause of the slip.
Unsurprisingly, the news of the incident has stunned everyone in the local community. Local news outlet WNEP reported that this was the company’s first ever death at the facility and a local Muncy resident told an ABC reporter that the tragedy had been “devastating to everyone,” adding, “I've lived in the community here since 1971 and the store has been up there ... and I've never heard of anything like this before."
With the tragedy still fresh in everyone’s mind, there are relatively few concrete details about the case available to the public. Company officials are yet to officially respond to media requests for comment, meaning that most are still in the dark as to exactly what took place. It has been confirmed that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of the accident. Whether they can shed any light remains to be seen.