Tribe Mediterranean worker died after his arm became caught in a grinder at the hummus factory
Daniel Callazo, a worker at hummus manufacturer Tribe Mediterranean in Massachusetts, died Friday after his arm became caught in a grinder.
Police were called in just after 1:00 a.m., pronouncing Daniel Callazo, 28, dead at the scene.
Daniel Callazo’s body was taken to a nearby hospital.
“The only information I really have is that he became stuck in a rather large machine which some people call an auger and others call it a grinder,” Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said.
“It appears to have been a tragic accident. … It was part of his duties to clean and sanitize the machinery for obvious health code and safety reasons. But the exact circumstances of that will be part of the investigation,” Gregg Miliote told the Taunton Gazette.
Tribe Mediterranean, which is the second largest hummus brand on the market according to The Jewish Week, temporarily shut its factory down while an investigation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration ensues.
“Foremost we are terribly saddened by this morning’s incident, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the individual’s family at this difficult time,” a statement released by the company read.
A spokesman for the Bristol County District Attorney’s office said the death appears to be accident but they are still investigating, “as we would any unattended death”.
The Tribe Mediterranean plant recently completed an $8 million expansion over the summer.
At the time of the expansion it predicted they would add about 60 new jobs to their company.
That new number would bring their workforce to 125.