Industrial workplaces have always come with inherent dangers for Chattanooga workers. In fact, in 2010 there were 7 workplace injuries across Hamilton, Marion, Sequatchie, Walker, Dade, and Catoosa counties — this number included 1 death. The year after that saw another two workplace fatalities and now 2012 has added its first unfortunate case.
A worker has died at the TAG Manufacturing plant, which has been here in Chattanooga since 2005. The huge 200,000 square-foot facility employs 90 people and specializes in building heavy steel parts for construction equipment, mostly front-end loader buckets and forklift forks.
Tragedy struck last Monday at the TAG plant when a 54-year-old employee got caught in a large machine that pressed and prepared steel. The man was already dead by the time emergency responders made it to the facility.
The president of TAG Manufacturing has stated, “The Tag family is stunned by the loss of… The loss is compounded by the lack of understanding how this tragedy could ever occur. [He] was a great friend and worker, and the Tag family joins his family in mourning his loss.”
The incident has brought back up safety complaints that were investigated in 2007, but the US OSHA has confirmed that the company was never fined for these previous grievances.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1% of all US workplace deaths happen while manufacturing fabricated metal. The death of the 54-year-old was the first workplace death in Chattanooga this year and the 14th work fatality this year in Tennessee.
No foul play is suspected in the accident, and the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration have sent a representative into the facility to perform an investigation, which could take up to eight weeks.
Chattanooga Work Accident Lawyers
Injuries at work take several forms. They can be simple sprains and strains from tripping on electric cords to deadly accidents that lead to wrongful deaths. Whatever the source or severity of the accident, if you or a loved one have been injured or killed at work you need an experienced Tennessee Work Accident Lawyer. The Insiders at the McMahan Law Firm have years of experience settling wrongful death and workers’ compensation claims in Chattanooga, Manchester, Tullahoma, Winchester, and across Eastern Tennessee.
It’s important to seek representation as soon as possible after you’ve been injured on the job. So, if you or a loved one have been hurt or killed at work Ask the Insiders Now for a free case review!
Source. WRCBtv.com, “http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/18220677/plant-worker-killed-ruled-accidental,” Antwan Harris, May 8, 2012.