Authorities: Amarillo man dies in accident at Tyson Foods

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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - An investigation is underway after Potter County officials said an Amarillo man died while working at Tyson Foods.

Before 9:00 p.m. on Aug. 2, Potter County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called out to Tyson Foods on an occupational accident.

According to Tyson Foods, the accident took place in the material handling department where boxes of beef are handled for shipment.

A Tyson Foods employee, 34-year-old Warren Jay Slaton, was working on line equipment when he became pinned between several loaded pallets, said Potter County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies arrived on scene of the accident, employees were conducting CPR on Slaton.

Slaton was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tyson Foods issued a statement to NewsChannel 10:

We’re deeply saddened by the loss of one of our Amarillo team members and our hearts go out to his family. The accident happened before 9 pm Friday in the Material Handling Department where boxes of beef are handled for shipment. We’re working with local authorities to investigate what happened and we’ve also notified OSHA. Tyson chaplains are available to provide support to our Amarillo team members.
Tyson Foods

The beef plant company is working with local authorities to investigate what happened and notified OSHA.

OSHA is investigating the death and an autopsy has been ordered.

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