On June 23, Master Lock’s Kina Repp visited the workplace site that forever changed her life 25 years ago. As the guest of Trident Seafoods CEO Joe Bundrant, she spoke and addressed workplace safety at two of Trident’s fish processing facilities in Naknek, Alaska and other local facilities as part of a new lockout and safety training video she has in production and which Trident is sponsoring.
Kina’s visit was exactly 25 years to the day when a horrific work accident nearly claimed her life. On June 23, 1990, she and her friend, Lisa Putnam, were new on the job at a Bristol Bay processing plant that is no longer in operation. Between their sophomore and junior years in college, they had traveled to Alaska for summer jobs in hopes of earning enough to pay their tuition. With no training, Kina was tasked with the responsibility of cleaning conveyor belts. The sudden accident resulted in her losing her left arm.