Chattanooga company appealing fine in worker death

Chattanooga company appealing fine in worker death


CHATTANOOGA (AP) - Tennessee worker safety officials have fined a Chattanooga company after the death of a plant worker earlier in the year.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, TAG Manufacturing is appealing the nearly $16,000 fine imposed in the May 7 death of 54-year-old Larry Chubbs.

The Tennessee Department of Labor imposed the fine after its investigation into how Chubbs fell into a fast-moving machine and was killed.

Mike Carter, the attorney for the company, said his client appealed because the investigation results are offensive in that the company owners did not place Chubbs uncaringly on a dangerous machine.

Investigators found Chubbs fell into a machine that blasts large pieces of steel to clean them. Inspectors said a catwalk section fell, dropping Chubbs into the machine.

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