Bridgeville man dies in accident at chicken plant

HARBESON — A 59-year-old man from Bridgeville was killed in an industrial accident that took place at the Allen Harim Chicken Plant on Friday night, Delaware State Police said.

Troopers were dispatched to 18752 Harbeson Road for a CPR in progress at the plant at 8:54 p.m. on Friday for an industrial accident involving an employee who suffered serious head trauma.

Police said the preliminary investigation determined employee was seriously injured as he and another employee attempted to change the battery on a pallet jack.

The new replacement battery was secured in an electric hoist. While the battery was being lowered via the electric lever the corner of the new battery got hung up on the corner of another battery that was sitting stationary next to the jack.

The employee was leaning forward in attempt to manually guide the new battery onto the jack away from the obstruction. After the new battery cleared the obstruction it continued to lower.

The horizontal block portion part of the hoist struck the employee. The employee was transported by EMS to the Beebe Hospital in Lewes where he succumbed to his injuries.


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