Region 8 woman dies in factory accident

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – A Region 8 woman died while working at a Paragould food packaging plant.

Anchor Packaging confirmed Monday to Plastics News that 41-year-old  Lori Turner died Sunday "as a result of an unspecified incident."

"We have notified, and are cooperating fully with, all authorities, including OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration)," the St. Louis-based company is quoted as stating in a brief announcement.

Turner was found on the floor at her work station, and was later pronounced dead at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.

Paragould Police Department sent a detective at the request of the Greene County Coroner. However, because the incident is not a criminal investigation, OSHA will move forward investigating the incident.

Region 8 News tried reaching out to OSHA for any additional information, and has yet to receive anything. Turner's co-workers did tell Region 8 News that a representative with OSHA was in town collecting information.

In 2011, OSHA fined Anchor Packaging $10,000 for two serious violations after a man lost his hand in an industrial accident. In court documents it was revealed the man had 6-7 beers before he went to work. As a result, the Arkansas Workers' Compensation Commission denied and dismissed his claim.

According to OSHA's website, there have not been any other reported violations.

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