The historic remodeling project to repair Knoxville’s Henley Bridge claimed two lives last year. Today a memorial walk and candlelight gathering are planned to remember the men who were fatally injured on the job.
This Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of the death of John Womac, 33, of Athens, Tennessee. Mr. Womac died after being struck by the bucket and arm of a track hoe. The second man killed while working on the bridge project, Solin Estrada Jimenez, 47, from Chattanooga, was killed when concrete debris fell from 60 feet above and hit him.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation as well as the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the workplace deaths.
The memorial walk will take place Tuesday the 24th, starting at 5 p.m. It will begin in front of Church Street Methodist Church on Henley Street and Hill Avenue and end at Volunteer Landing.
The candlelight gathering takes place at 6 p.m. at Volunteer Landing.
Group organizers for the memorial event include Jobs With Justice, Laborers’ Local 818, Interfaith Worker Justice of East Tennessee, and Ironworkers’ Union 384. They hope this event will honor the men’s memories as well as bring attention to workplace safety.
The restoration/renovation of Britton Bridge, now almost 80-years-old and on the National Register of Historic Places, is expected to be completed in 2013.
If you have lost a loved one or have been hurt on the job, contact a Tennessee workers’ compensation lawyer today. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your loss or injury.
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