A woman was loading towels into an industrial steamer at a dry cleaner in Queens when her scarf got caught in the machine.
Limin Min Huang was crushed as a result of the accident, which left her brain dead.
"She was looking into the machine and she forgot she had something on her neck," manager Hong Zhang said. "The machine pulled her and then the machine stopped."
According to the New York Post, Huang had worked at An Huan Laundry in Jamaica for three years.