published Monday, October 15th, 2012

Wacker construction workers back on site

Wacker site construction in Bradley County
Wacker site construction in Bradley County
Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Most of the 1,200 construction workers on the Wacker Chemical plant in Charleston, Tenn., are back on the job today.

Work was called off last week after two employees of Baker Concrete Construction fell from scaffolding and died. Wacker’s website had claimed that the site had been accident free until the incident.

Construction has been resumed in all areas except the immediate accident area where an investigation is continuing, said Bill Toth, a spokesperson for Wacker.

“We are continue to mourn the loss of those coworkers,” he said. “Sympathies are with their family.”

The Tennessee Department of Labor sent investigators last week to interview witnesses and review safety logs. A report on the incident won’t be released for six months, officials said.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press

about Joan Garrett McClane...

Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...

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