For immediate release
March 7, 2007
Second Severe Incident in Two-Week Period at Company
A worker died at a Cintas industrial laundry plant Tuesday morning in a ghastly workplace tragedy. According to press reports, Eleazar Torres-Gomez was pronounced dead on the scene after apparently being dragged into an industrial dryer. Torres-Gomez was trapped in the dryer—which can reportedly reach temperatures of 300 degrees—for at least 20 minutes.
This gruesome incident is the second serious injury at a Cintas facility in recent weeks. A Yakima, Wash., worker’s arm was shattered and had to be sawed out of a washing machine late last month.
In 2005, Alex Ramirez, a Cintas employee who suffered serious work related injuries, stated on the Uniform Justice website that “Cintas talks a lot about safety, but in reality they don’t do anything about it. They don’t even properly train us on how to protect ourselves from accidents. And when you get hurt on the job, they blame it on you.