- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 19, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The family of a Crookham Co. employee who died in January after her hair got caught in a piece of machinery at the Caldwell company’s seed plant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

The suit filed Friday in state court alleges negligence against Crookham for the death of Francisca Gomez, who had been cleaning a seed treater when the accident happened. It seeks damages in excess of $10,000.

The lawsuit blames Crookham for not giving Gomez a hard hat and requiring the machinery to be turned off when cleaned, as directed in the equipment’s operating manual.

Crookham’s president, George Crookham, didn’t respond to a message seeking comment Monday.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued a $9,000 penalty earlier this year for serious violations related to Gomez’s death.

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