Robin Barry Killeen was crushed to death at Anzco Foods’ plant in Eltham on Thursday morning in a workplace incident, his daughter Tania Killeen-Noy told NZHerald.
Killeen had been working as a cleaning contractor at the Anzco plant for extra income to help top up his pension.
On the day of the accident and days following, Anzco Foods was reportedly flying flags at half mast at its Eltham meatworks out of respect to Killeen.
Police and WorkSafe were investigating his death and the matter has since been referred to the coroner.
In the NZHerald article, Tania said she had been told by staff and investigators her dad was operating an elevator-like machine when he died.
In late March, a female worker received cuts to her arm while cleaning a machine and needed hospital treatment. WorkSafe said at the time no further action would be taken, Stuff reported.
In 2014, Anzco Foods was also ordered to pay $57,949 in fines and $15,000 to a worker who crushed his hand in a machine at the same site.
The company had just recently rebranded to Anzco Foods from Riverlands Eltham and the 2014 payout was the third time Riverlands Eltham was prosecuted for an employee suffering a serious injuries relating to machinery.