Canyon County

Lactalis ‘regretfully confirms’ worker’s death at Nampa cheese factory

The Sorrento Lactalis cheese plant in Nampa.
The Sorrento Lactalis cheese plant in Nampa. Idaho Statesman file

The man was rushed to a Boise hospital Thursday morning after he was pinned between a forklift and a rack at the Sorrento Lactalis cheese factory, officials said.

The Canyon County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday evening that the man later died from his injuries. His name and age have not been released, and no information was available from the Ada County Coroner’s Office Thursday night. Thursday morning, he was reported to be in serious condition.

Lactalis emailed a statement to local media Friday morning: “Lactalis American Group regretfully confirms that a tragic accident occurred at the company's manufacturing facility in Nampa, Idaho. Yesterday, at approximately 7:20am MST, an employee was injured while operating a standing forklift, and later passed away at the hospital. Plant employees immediately provided assistance and an ambulance was dispatched following a call to 911.

“Our first priority is the health and safety of our personnel. The company has launched a full investigation in order to determine the cause of this tragic accident.

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our lost colleague.”

The incident was called in at about 7:30 a.m. at Sorento Lactalis, 4912 E. Franklin Road. Canyon County Sheriff’s deputies found no initial indication that anything criminal occured, Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker said.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be the lead investigator of the fatal workplace incident, he said.