Edilma Perez Ramirez has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mar-Jac Poultry after her 16-year-old son, Duvan Perez, was killed while cleaning machinery at a facility in Mississippi in July 2023. According to court documents, the teen was not properly trained or qualified for the job, which he was doing underage. Mar-Jac and its employees are accused of knowingly operating the machine while the 16-year-old was in a position where he could be pulled in, resulting in his fatal injury.
Mar-Jac Poultry and others are being sued by Edilma Perez Ramirez more than six months after her son Duvan Perez died while cleaning machinery at the poultry processing facility in Hattiesburg. The lawsuit alleges that the company and its employees knowingly operated the machine while the 16-year-old was in a position where he could be severely injured or killed. OSHA cited Mar-Jac with 17 violations in connection with the deadly incident and proposed $212,646 in penalties.
In addition to Duvan Perez’s death, Edilma Perez Ramirez’s lawsuit also mentions two other fatalities at the Mar-Jac facility: Joel Velasco Toto, 33, died in 2020 after a co-worker inserted an air compression hose into his rectum, and Bobby Butler, 48, died in 2021 after his shirt sleeve got caught in a machine. This lawsuit is bringing attention to potential safety violations and negligence at the Mar-Jac Poultry facility, and the company has been fined for safety violations in the past, with OSHA proposing approximately $380,000 in fines in 2009 for various “willful” health and safety violations.