The 47-year-old man was at the end of his shift at Westfleisch meat factory in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia, when he fell into the three-metre wide grinder which he was about to clean.
Emergency services were called at 9.10 pm and the recovery of the body took several hours.
Police said in a statement on Wednesday the cleaner fell into the machine for an “unknown reason”.
Investigators have confiscated the machine.
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