A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Mississippi poultry plant whose 16-year-old son died while working there

A woman has filed a lawsuit against a Mississippi poultry plant whose 16-year-old son died while working there

                The mother of a 16-year-old who died in a work accident at a poultry plant in Mississippi has filed a lawsuit against the companies that hired and employed him, accusing them of failing to follow safety standards that could have prevented his death.  In Forrest District Court last week, attorneys for Idelma Perez Ramirez said Mar Jac Poultry exceeded safety protections, leading to the death of her son, Duvan Perez.  The lawsuit follows a January report by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration that declared numerous safety violations related to the death of the teen, who immigrated to Mississippi from Guatemala years ago.  A Mar-Jac spokesman did not respond to emails and phone messages Tuesday.  In previous statements, the company said it relied on an employment agency to hire workers and did not know that Duvan was underage.  Federal labor law prohibits the employment of minors in many hazardous work sites, including slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants.  In July, Duvan became the third worker to die in less than three years at the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, plant owned by Mar Jacques, a Georgia-based poultry producer.  Workplace safety officials launched an investigation into Duvan's death in July.  OSHA investigators found that he was killed while performing a deep cleaning of a machine in the deboning area of ​​the plant.  Officials said he was caught in the rotating shaft of a still-powered machine and was pulled inside.  The suit says OSHA issued at least eight citations for safety violations at the plant before Duvan's death.  These include the deaths of Toto and Butler, three amputations and hospitalizations due to falls.  After the incident, Labor Department officials said Duvan's death served as a reminder that children are still vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace in the United States.  Hunter said Duvan "was hardworking and loved his family."  “One of the things he was most proud of was paying for his first car himself. It is a tragedy that such a young life was taken when her death could have been easily prevented.
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                <strong class="dateline">Jackson, Miss--</strong>                                           <p>The mother of a 16-year-old who died in a work accident at a poultry plant in Mississippi has filed a lawsuit against the companies that hired and employed him, accusing them of failing to follow safety standards that could have prevented his death.

In court papers filed in Forrest County Circuit Court last week, Idelma Perez Ramirez’s attorneys said Mar Jacs Poultry exceeded safety protections, leading to the death of her son, Duvan Perez. The lawsuit follows a January report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration that declared numerous safety violations related to the death of the teen, who immigrated to Mississippi from Guatemala years ago.

A Mar-Jac spokesman did not respond to emails and phone messages Tuesday. In previous statements, the company said it relied on an employment agency to hire workers and did not know that Duvan was underage. Federal labor law prohibits the employment of minors in many hazardous work sites, including slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants.

In July, Duvan became the third worker to die in less than three years at the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, plant owned by Mar Jacques, a Georgia-based poultry producer.

Workplace safety officials launched an investigation into Duvan’s death in July. OSHA investigators found that he was killed while performing a deep cleaning of a machine in the deboning area of ​​the plant. Officials said he was caught in the rotating shaft of a still-powered machine and was pulled inside.

The suit says OSHA issued at least eight citations for safety violations at the plant before Duvan’s death. These include the deaths of Toto and Butler, three amputations and hospitalizations due to falls.

After the incident, Labor Department officials said Duvan’s death served as a reminder that children are still vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace in the United States.

Hunter said Duvan “was hardworking and loved his family.” “One of the things he was most proud of was paying for his first car himself. It is a tragedy that such a young life was taken when her death could have been easily prevented.

                                </div>        (Tags for translation)poultry farm

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