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Accident claims life of Foster Farms worker
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Atlas Holdings acquired Foster Farms’ processing facilities in California, Washington, Louisiana, Oregon and Alabama, along with the company’s 10,000 employees (Journal file photo).

A Turlock man was killed in an industrial accident Monday night at the Foster Farms facility in Turlock after repeatedly falling asleep on the production line, according to officials.

The deceased was identified by the Stanislaus County Coroner's Office as Luis Salazar, 30, of Turlock.

The accident was reported to the Turlock police and fire departments at 6:52 p.m. Monday at the facility located in the 500 block of W. F Street.

California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration said an outside source reported Salazar was falling asleep on the production line. He was awoken several times by co-workers, but on one occasion when he fell asleep, he was pulled onto the production conveyor by his neck, resulting in a fatal skull injury, according to OSHA.

Salazar was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Salazar was an employee of Marcos Renteria AG Services, which serves as an outside contractor for Foster Farms.

"At Foster Farms we strive to maintain a safe workplace for our employees and for those we do business with," said Foster Farms Vice President of Communications Ira Brill. "The company conducts ongoing safety training programs and has a strong safety record. Last night, at our Turlock turkey processing facility, an individual employed by an outside contractor was fatally injured while working in the plant. We are conducting a complete investigation in conjunction with local law enforcement and representatives of OSHA. A portion of the plant will be closed Tuesday, April 28, and will resume operation Wednesday, April 29. We greatly regret this loss of life and extend our sympathies to family and friends."

The investigation by OSHA is ongoing.