A 39-year-old man was killed recently in an on-the-job accident at a poultry plant in Barbour County, Alabama. The county coroner listed the man’s cause of death as decapitation.

The man was part of a cleaning crew that was contracted to provide services to the facility. He was cleaning equipment when he was fatally injured.

An official with the service provider issued this statement:

“We are devastated by the loss of our friend and team member, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. We take an accident like this very seriously and we are working with local authorities to understand how it could have happened, given the strict safety protocols we have in place. As this inquiry is ongoing and out of utmost respect for the privacy of our team member’s family, it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time.”

The man died instantly after he got caught in the “pinch point” that is used to kill the chickens, authorities said. Alabama OSHA is investigating the incident.

The poultry company issued this statement: “We’re investigating an accident at our Eufaula, Alabama, facility yesterday that involved a worker employed by an outside contractor and will provide more information when we can. We’re grateful for the swift response and assistance of local emergency personnel.”

People go to work on a daily basis, often performing dangerous jobs, but expect to return home to their families. This man likely left behind loved ones who will miss him but also relied on him for financial support. When they are emotional ready to confront the future, the man’s survivors should consult with an attorney to determine their options.