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Employee dies in fall at Smithfield feed facility

A 58-year-old woman died at Smithfield Grain in Wilson, North Carolina, after a 70-foot fall.

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An employee at Smithfield Grain in Wilson, North Carolina, fell 70 feet to her death on June 30, according to a police report.

Annie Morris Wilbert, 58, fell more than 70 feet and was pronounced dead when first responders arrived, the news release said.

North Carolina Department of Labor Public Information Officer John Mallow told CBS 17 an OSHA compliance officer would be inspecting the site.

Safety personnel from Smithfield Foods, the parent company of Smithfield Grain, are also investigating.

Wilbert, who was in the U.S. Army Reserve, leaves behind a husband, two daughters and a grandson.

“We are deeply saddened to confirm the loss of a team member who was fatally injured in a workplace incident on Friday, June 30, at our Wilson feed facility,” said Jim Monroe, the vice president of corporate affairs at Smithfield Foods. “Along with local authorities, our safety personnel are currently on site investigating. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of our coworker.”

Smithfield Grain, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, is  a $15 billion global food company with operations in 25 states. Smithfield is a pork producer, processor and supplier. The company purchases approximately 150 million bushels of corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum annually to feed its 16 million hogs. 

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