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Sausage Factory Worker Killed in Horrifying Meat Grinder Accident

"He slipped and went into the machine."

A 26-year-old sausage factory worker died Wednesday after he slipped and fell into the meat grinder he was cleaning.

Michael Raper was working Tuesday night at a food plant in southwest Oklahoma when the accident occurred.

"He slipped and went into the machine. He was still conscious at the time," Diane Ferris, the aunt of Raper's fiance told Oklahoma City's KFOR-TV. "So I can imagine the agony he was in, and he lost both of his legs in this accident."

Ferris said it took about two hours to free Raper from the machinery. He was transported to the hospital, where he later died.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation is ongoing. In a statement, Bar-S Foods CEO and Chairman Tim Day said the company is cooperating with authorities and is launching its own internal investigation as well.

"The entire Bar-S Foods family is mourning the loss of our friend and co-worker," Day said. "We extend our deepest condolences to the employee's family, and we are committed to helping them and our employees get through this difficult period."

Raper was engaged to be married in February and had four children.

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