Labor activists say Henley Bridge construction site is unsafe

Labor activists say Henley Bridge construction site is unsafe


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Labor activists are calling for safer regulations on the Henley Bridge project. 

Two workers walked off the job Monday, saying the project is an unsafe workplace. The construction is overseen by the Britton Bridge Company. 

In the last two years, four people have died in projects overseen by Britton Bridge Company. Two of those deaths were workers on the Henley Bridge project.
John Womac died in January 2011. Solin Estrada-Jimenez died four months later

Workers are now demanding the company to clean up their act. 

"That's a terrible record, a terrible loss of life," says John Stewart, part of Interfaith Worker Justice. "A tremendous burden for their families. All of these accidents were preventable."

Britton Bridge Company responded to complaints by saying, "Safety is getting the highest priority on the Henley Street Bridge job."

Company officials say they tried talking with the two workers who walked off the job, but the former employees refused to talk with them.
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