Dad of three, 37, dies after being sucked into hamburger machine

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A 37-year-old married father of three has been killed after being sucked into a minced meat machine that was used for making hamburgers while he was repairing it at a Brazilian slaughterhouse.

Rodrigo Roa Alvarez died when he was sucked into the device at the JBS Seara Alimentos abattoir in the municipality of Dourados, in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, on the afternoon of August 29.

According to the police, the engineer was pulled into the minced meat machine while carrying out maintenance work and the on-site safety supervisor immediately notified emergency services when he realised what had happened.

Rodrigo Roa Alvarez, centre, died after being sucked by a hamburger machine in Dourados, Brazil, in a photo with his wife (left) and son (right). Source: Newsflash/Australscope
Rodrigo Roa Alvarez, centre, died after being sucked by a hamburger machine in Brazil. He is pictured with wife and son. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

The victim was reportedly making final adjustments to the machine when he was pulled in and lost part of his body. He died at the scene.

Officers, who said the victim had more than 10 years of experience in his field, added a team of experts was sent to the slaughterhouse to carry out a preliminary investigation into what went wrong.

The 37-year-old (right) has three children. He is pictured here with his wife. Source: Newsflash/Australscope
The 37-year-old (right with his wife) sustained injuries to parts of his body and died at the scene. Source: Newsflash/Australscope

"With much regret, JBS confirms the death of an employee in an accident at our facilities in Dourados on Sunday afternoon," the abattoir said in a statement.

"The company sends our condolences to the worker's family, who have been receiving all the necessary support.

"JBS will monitor the investigation being carried out by the authorities and provide any information that may help to clarify what happened."

According to reports, the engineer leaves behind a wife and three children, two daughters and a son.

The investigation continues.

– Australscope

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