UPDATE: The victim in the work-related accident at Iowa Premium Beef has been identified as Roger J. Purk, 22, of Tama.

Purk died Wednesday after being caught in a piece of machinery. The incident remains under investigation.

His funeral arrangements are being handled through Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama.


TAMA -- An industrial accident early Wednesday claimed the life of a 22-year-old man at a beef processing plant in Tama.

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Tama Police reported a call to the Iowa Premium Beef plant, 3337 L Ave., Tama, about 3:50 a.m. Wednesday.

When officers and firefighters arrived they found the man caught in machinery. He was dead when rescuers arrived at the plant.

Police have not released an identity yet.

The Iowa Premium plant reopened in the fall of 2014 after new owners purchased a former meat packing facility that had closed. A spokesperson for Iowa Premium has not responded to calls yet for more information.

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