Tennessee Safety Officials Fine Chattanooga Plant for Worker Fatality

TAG Manufacturing in Chattanooga, Tennessee received a $16,000 fine from the Tennessee Department of Labor following the death of a worker.

Larry Chubbs, 54, was walking on a catwalk over a fast-moving piece of machinery called a Wheelabrator. The Wheelabrator cleaned large pieces of metal. One of the pieces from the catwalk dislodged, and Chubbs fell into the machine. His workers noticed his absence at a staff meeting that morning and discovered his body about two hours after his accident. The panel that fell was also inside the Wheelabrator.

The Tennessee Department of Labor issued the fine after investigating the plant. They cited owners with five serious violations and nine nonserious violations that totaled $16,000.

The safety officials noticed that the panels in the catwalk were not held securely in place with bolts, brackets or welding, along with other infractions. TAG Manufacturing appealed the citations, claiming that the management was “being held to a standard higher than even the people citing us could see,” according to the company’s attorney.

Chubbs’ family is attempting to receive workers compensation funds for the loss. If you are grieving from the wrongful death of a loved one, we can help you seek justice against the negligence that led to his or her death. Call today – (615) 690-2080 –  to set up your no charge, no obligation case review.

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