An employee of a contract cleaning company died February 17 from injuries sustained during an accident at the Tyson Foods poultry plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

James A. Currier, a resident of Shelbyville, was killed after apparently falling into a piece of machinery, police said.

"We're saddened by the death of an employee of a contract cleaning company working at our Shelbyville plant," Tyson Foods spokesman Gary Mickelson said in a statement to the Times-Gazette.

"It happened early Tuesday morning when the plant was not in operation but was being cleaned and sanitized. While details of the incident are being reviewed, we can tell you it happened while the worker was cleaning some equipment. OSHA has been contacted by the contract cleaning company."


Currier worked for QSI, a division of The Vincit Group which provides plant sanitation services.

QSI released the following statement: "It is with heart-felt sadness that we must report the loss of a team member at our QSI Shelbyville operation. Our sympathies and condolences go out to the family members and our fellow team associates. Our first concern is to assist the family with any needs that they may have and we will continue to be in contact with them.

"Employee safety is always of priority to QSI and we have launched an investigation and will be working closely with OSHA."