An inmate working at a Koch Foods poultry plant in Ashland, Alabama, died in an accident at the plant, the Alabama Department of Corrections confirmed.

Frank Dwayne Ellington, who was serving a life sentence on a third-degree robbery conviction, had been working at the plant through a work release program.

The exact nature of the accident has not been released, but the accident did occur around 5:35 p.m. on October 29, according to a report from WSFA.

Ellington had been working at the plant since June.


The incident is being investigated.

The news of the accident at the Koch Foods poultry plant in Ashland comes about two weeks after a jury ordered Koch Foods to pay about $1.9 million to a former worker who was injured at a poultry plant in Montgomery County, Alabama.

Koch Foods, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is the fifth largest broiler company in the United States, having processed 50 million pounds of ready-to-cook chicken on a weekly basis in 2016.

Koch Foods, which is based in Chicago, recently revealed two expansion projects. It is expanding its hatchery in Crossville, Alabama, which will have a capacity to set 3.8 million eggs per week. It is also building a new feed mill in Roanoke, Alabama.