Woman dies at Camanchaca Salmon processing plant

A female worker who suffocated to death in a factory in the heart of Chile’s salmon farming industry is sending shockwaves all the over region’s press. 

The accident happened at the Salmones Camanchaca plant in Tomé, in central Chile’s Biobío Region on the 23rd of August.

The victim has been named as Sindy Araneda Alarcón. According to reports in EstrellaConcepcion the 28 year old female victim had been working in the packing assembly section of the factory and became trapped in a conveyor chain, causing her to suffocate.

Despite attempts by colleagues to resuscitate her, she died on the spot.

Major Alexis Torres, head of the Third Police Station of Tomé investigating said that “this happened at around 8.30 am and it was a work accident, which is being investigated by (…) police. The deceased woman was 28 years old and had been in the industry for about three months, working in a packinghouse.”

She added that “for reasons that are investigated by the Carabineros Criminalistics Laboratory, the young woman became trapped in a conveyer belt chain. This squeezed her body up to her neck, causing death. ”

Salmon Camanchaca said:”the competent authorities were already informed to determine the causes of this fact. Personnel of Salmon Camanchaca are accompanying the family of Sindy Araneda, giving them the necessary support at this difficult moment. Our company and all its team are very affected and deeply regrets the departure of one of their own. ”

The investigation continues.


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