Hormel Worker Injured on the Job

State officials are investigating an accident that apparently left a Hormel worker badly burned. Full Story
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HORMEL

Rochester, MN

#1 Feb 27, 2009
This is the 2 time people have been burned in RENDERING @ the Hormel plant in Austin, MN. Rendering is where all the "Left overs" go from the pig. It is just NASTY down there. All kids of bugs down there. Cock roches, and other bugs. Dont beleive me ask Homel for a tour of rendering. They wont let you. They DO NOT clean down there like they clean the rest of the plant. Like I said its just nasty down there. I would like to ask Hormel.. How many people have to get hurt in YOUR rendering area be for you do something about it?? I say this all the time when something hapens @ Hormel foods.. HERE COMES HORMEL"S 100 lawyers. Its said the last people who got burned in RENDERING got $40,000 for there burns. Thank God for Hormels lawyers! This company needs to clean up its act. How many people need to get hurt there?? Kaal needs to bring up the fact that this is the 2 time this has hapend.
KiddingMe

Owatonna, MN

#2 Feb 27, 2009
When is Hormel going to clean up it's act? This is how many steam burns in the past 5 yrs??? Austinites are well aware of Hormel's antics for the past 100 yrs!
lil_b

Farmington, MN

#3 Feb 28, 2009
hormel needs to bulid a new plant- it's not like they don't have the money. Many accidents will be avoided if a new factory could be made. I have worked there and the buiding is crumbling. I know of a few employees that work in the rendeering department and it's not a dream job but thanks to them they get the work done and they need to be protected from old rotting pipes falling from the ceiling dumping lard onto them.
Upset and Angry

Hartland, MN

#4 Feb 28, 2009
Why does someone have to be put through hell with severe burn injuries that will scar him physically and emotionally for life just because Hormel Foods can't seem to listen to their employees concerns about things that need to be replaced? This accident was totally UNNECCESSARY and there have been many near misses in the past in the rendering department. This employee is lucky to still be alive and what is happening to him now should not happen to anyone. It seems as if employees at Hormel Foods are expendible. Due to the weather, the injured employee was taken by ambulance to St. Paul to Regions Hospital burn unit with severe burns from over a large portion of his body from the hot lard slurry deluge from a broken pipe. This is extremely hard on his family to see him suffering from something that was totally preventable if the pipe had been replaced. I understand that the pipes are now all being replaced. A little too late, don't ya think?
angry

Owatonna, MN

#5 Mar 1, 2009
Hormel is an awful place and they do need to clean up after their mistakes. I don't care how big of a company you are and how many lawyers you got. Hormel, you will pay for the damage and devastation you brought to this injured person and his family! It's truly sad that such a hard worker and dedicated employee has to have this happen.
x factor

Marshall, MN

#6 Mar 1, 2009
I think people should be happy to have a job. no matter what.
Dan

Rochester, MN

#7 Mar 1, 2009
x factor wrote:
I think people should be happy to have a job. no matter what.
It should be a SAFE place to work. RENDERING is not a safe place.
Dan

Rochester, MN

#8 Mar 1, 2009
Upset and Angry wrote:
Why does someone have to be put through hell with severe burn injuries that will scar him physically and emotionally for life just because Hormel Foods can't seem to listen to their employees concerns about things that need to be replaced? This accident was totally UNNECCESSARY and there have been many near misses in the past in the rendering department. This employee is lucky to still be alive and what is happening to him now should not happen to anyone. It seems as if employees at Hormel Foods are expendible. Due to the weather, the injured employee was taken by ambulance to St. Paul to Regions Hospital burn unit with severe burns from over a large portion of his body from the hot lard slurry deluge from a broken pipe. This is extremely hard on his family to see him suffering from something that was totally preventable if the pipe had been replaced. I understand that the pipes are now all being replaced. A little too late, don't ya think?
I agree with every you just said. The top dogs went to see him @ the hospital. They got chased out of there. GOOD! Hormel is VERY cocky with there Money. KAAL should ask to take a tour of Rendering @ the Homel plant in Austin. I bet they wont let them! If they do it will be AFTER they cleam up there mess.
Upset and Angry

Hartland, MN

#9 Mar 1, 2009
x factor wrote:
I think people should be happy to have a job. no matter what.
If you could have seen the condition of the employee that was hauled out of there, you would not say this. It was a NEEDLESS preventable injury had the company replaced the pipes due to their conditon three years ago when they were aware of the problems due to issues in the past. This was an employee that has worked for the company since 1986 and does not deserve what has happened to him. He is SEVERELY burned and is still in intensive care and you say he is to be thankful he has a job. He was close to losing his life for his job. You certainly must not live in the real world.
angry

Owatonna, MN

#10 Mar 1, 2009
x factor wrote:
I think people should be happy to have a job. no matter what.
Yes that's correct and the job you work at should be safe, so maybe you should think before you write! What if this was your family? Have some heart whoever you are. His life will never be the same.
angry

Owatonna, MN

#11 Mar 1, 2009
x factor wrote:
I think people should be happy to have a job. no matter what.
Please don't comment on this issue anymore, you obviously do not know the severity. He has worked at his job at Hormel over 20 yrs. and most dedicated employee. This is how he is repaid. No amount of money in the world will ever bring back what he and his family has lost.
angry

Owatonna, MN

#12 Mar 1, 2009
HORMEL wrote:
This is the 2 time people have been burned in RENDERING @ the Hormel plant in Austin, MN. Rendering is where all the "Left overs" go from the pig. It is just NASTY down there. All kids of bugs down there.**** roches, and other bugs. Dont beleive me ask Homel for a tour of rendering. They wont let you. They DO NOT clean down there like they clean the rest of the plant. Like I said its just nasty down there. I would like to ask Hormel.. How many people have to get hurt in YOUR rendering area be for you do something about it?? I say this all the time when something hapens @ Hormel foods.. HERE COMES HORMEL"S 100 lawyers. Its said the last people who got burned in RENDERING got $40,000 for there burns. Thank God for Hormels lawyers! This company needs to clean up its act. How many people need to get hurt there?? Kaal needs to bring up the fact that this is the 2 time this has hapend.
Thank you and i agree!
Worked there

Owatonna, MN

#13 Mar 2, 2009
angry wrote:
<quoted text> Thank you and i agree!
Are these not the 86'ers who took yer jobs? He worked there 20 years and got hurt how many times? A plane could land on your head on the way home. Accidents happen and you need to deal with it. And if you do not like it you need to find another job.
Upset and Angry

Austin, MN

#14 Mar 2, 2009
Worked there wrote:
<quoted text>
Are these not the 86'ers who took yer jobs? He worked there 20 years and got hurt how many times? A plane could land on your head on the way home. Accidents happen and you need to deal with it. And if you do not like it you need to find another job.
He has not ever missed a day of work and you don't know what you are talking about. No one deserves to be burned almost recognizable and suffer for something that could have been prevented. His family is devastated. Where is your compassion for your fellow man? What kind of heartless person are you?
angry

Owatonna, MN

#15 Mar 2, 2009
Worked there wrote:
<quoted text>
Are these not the 86'ers who took yer jobs? He worked there 20 years and got hurt how many times? A plane could land on your head on the way home. Accidents happen and you need to deal with it. And if you do not like it you need to find another job.
This was preventable you jerk! I hope someday you have to experience an accident this tragic and get comments that "accidents happen" You are an awful heartless person. Dont comment on this anymore. Your comments dont even make sense with what happend.
Worked there

Owatonna, MN

#16 Mar 3, 2009
The previous comments were not intended to belittle the fact that someone got hurt, but your complete disregard for the place that you work. If he never missed a day in 20 years it must not have been to bad. And if you are calling it an accident that means it happened with no intention, it is what it is an accident. Too bad someone got hurt, but you idiots want to blame. Stop blaming and be a part of a solution for once in your life.
Knows the truth

Austin, MN

#17 Mar 3, 2009
Worked there wrote:
The previous comments were not intended to belittle the fact that someone got hurt, but your complete disregard for the place that you work. If he never missed a day in 20 years it must not have been to bad. And if you are calling it an accident that means it happened with no intention, it is what it is an accident. Too bad someone got hurt, but you idiots want to blame. Stop blaming and be a part of a solution for once in your life.
You do not know what actually happened and those that were there do know and it was no "accident" to not replace defective pipes and a company puts profits before employee safety.

You said you worked there? Why don't you work there anymore? If everyone were as dedicated to his job as the injured employee to work where most men fear to work or don't make it working there, Hormel would have the best workforce in the world.

You do not know the truth about this so your comments prove how ignorant you really are.
works there

Faribault, MN

#18 Mar 3, 2009
wow nobody know anything hormel could less care about its workers all you are is a body to them. If you cant do the job they just it someone else to do it. If something is dangerous you still have to do all they say is we will look in to. Also most of the jobs in rendering are very good jobs that why people get on them and stay there
friend of the family

Hayward, MN

#19 Mar 4, 2009
its too bad then that you weren't working there in his place then.
Worked there wrote:
<quoted text>
Are these not the 86'ers who took yer jobs? He worked there 20 years and got hurt how many times? A plane could land on your head on the way home. Accidents happen and you need to deal with it. And if you do not like it you need to find another job.
well any way

Rochester, MN

#20 Mar 6, 2009
Does any one no how he is doing?

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