UPDATE: Eaton Employee Dies Two Weeks after Accident


By Nina Harrelson and Brandon Smith

An area woman who was critically injured while operating a machine at a Kearney manufacturing plant has died.

Buffalo County Attorney Shawn Eatherton said an autopsy is planned for Kristine Griffing, 52, who died Friday.

Griffing was hurt Dec. 7 while operating a shearing machine at Eaton.

She'd worked for the company, which makes valves and gears for automakers, for 17 years.

Griffing spent over two weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Kearney's Good Samaritan Hospital before passing away last week.

But despite the accident, Wayne Brantley, Eaton's Nebraska campus plant manager, said the plant is safe. "This has been a very, very safe facility."

"We've got a full investigation going on right now," he said. "We have members from our team outside of this area -- they flew in -- and of course we have a team on-site going through the investigation."

The plant will also conclude their own investigation to see how the accident occurred.

"From a plant perspective, we also have some safety checks we go through relative to plant having something like this happen just to basically do that follow up and make sure everything is in line from a safety perspective," he said.