A man was killed Tuesday night at a Knoxville metals plant after materials collapsed on him, according to authorities.
"Gerdau is saddened to confirm that an employee at its Knoxville, Tennessee, steel mill was involved in an accident at the facility and has passed away due to his injuries. The company is working closely with the appropriate authorities to determine the cause of the incident," said Kim Selph, director of communications and public affairs for Gerdau North America, in a statement.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time, and due to company policy and out of respect to his loved ones, that is all the information we can provide at this time."
Just before 8 p.m., the Knoxville Fire Department was called to the Gerdau Ameristeel plant, 1919 Tennessee Ave., on a call of a collapse.
"We were able to get him from under the material and an ambulance was called for transport," said KFD Capt. D.J. Corcoran.
The materials that fell on the man, Corcoran said, were about "2 tons of sand like material used in the recycling phase of producing hardened rebar."
Corcoran did not release any additional details on the incident. There were no other injuries.
In 2014, Gerdau was fined $8,400 for an explosion that killed one worker and injured five others.
A Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation of the May 15, 2014, blast found two serious violations.
Imagine that...another employer with a history of work accidents that resulted in hard-working employees being needlessly injured. So many employers continue to put their employees at risk by failing to maintain proper safety precautions and failing to implement proper safety programs.
Due to the lack of safety measures, accidents will happen more and more frequently, leading to workers being injured while on the job. Do you think the negligent employer will care whether you receive your full compensation? If you already know they don't care about your safety when you're able-bodied, why would they think twice about you now that you're injured?
We at Loney & Schueller are dedicated to fighting for the injured worker. You have rights...rights that need to be exercised. You are owed full-compensation for the injuries you experience at the workplace, and Eric, Randy, and Sarah are ready to fight for you.
Call us at 515-225-4485 or visit us at Loneylaw.com.