Employee killed in accident at Smithfield Foods in Crete

The company said the fatal accident involved a forklift and the collapse of a storage shelf.
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CRETE, Neb. (KLKN) – An employee with Smithfield Foods was killed Saturday evening after a forklift caused a substantial collapse of storage shelving. The company said in a statement, the employee was in close proximity to the accident and was fatally injured.

Smithfield Foods said product shipments from the accident location have been suspended.

Chief Administrative Officer, Keira Lombardo released s statement that read, “At this time, we are providing support to those affected by this tragic accident. Our thoughts today are foremost with the family and friends of our employee. There will be no additional comments.”

The identity of the employee has not yet been released. You can read the entire statement from Smithfield Foods, below.

In the late evening of Saturday, Dec. 12, an accident occurred in a freezer area of our
distribution facility in Crete, Neb. The accident, involving a forklift, caused a substantial
collapse of storage shelving. An employee who was working in the immediate area was
fatally injured. Appropriate authorities were immediately notified. Product shipments
from the accident location have been suspended. At this time, we are providing support
to those affected by this tragic accident. Our thoughts today are foremost with the family
and friends of our employee. There will be no additional comments.
—Statement by Keira Lombardo, Chief Administrative Officer, Smithfield Foods, Inc.

 

 

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