Worker falls off equipment, dies at rice milling facility, officials say

Riceland officials said they are going to review their security measures this week and...
Riceland officials said they are going to review their security measures this week and determine if changes need to be made.(KAIT)
Published: Nov. 9, 2022 at 1:10 PM CST

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT/Gray News) - Police in Arkansas are investigating a death at a rice milling facility that happened shortly after 5 a.m. Wednesday at Riceland Foods in Jonesboro.

Sally Smith, the public information specialist for the Jonesboro Police Department, said a worker lost their footing on a piece of equipment and fell.

Kevin McGilton, a spokesperson for Riceland, said workers found the employee “unresponsive” and immediately called local first responders.

An incident report from JPD later identified the victim as 64-year-old Stanley Etheredge House of Jonesboro.

“The cause of death has not been determined at this time, and we are working diligently with local authorities to determine the cause,” McGilton said.

KAIT reports Jonesboro police do not suspect foul play.

Riceland President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Brancel sent his condolences to the employee’s family.

“Our employee team is an extension of our family,” Brancel said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our team members and their families during this time.”