UNION CITY, Tenn. — A worker at Goodyear´s tire plant in Union City died Feb. 4 from injuries sustained the night before in an industrial accident at the factory.
Jason Conley, 28, of Fulton, Ky., became caught in machinery in the component preparation area of the plant at 8:50 p.m. Feb. 3, according to a spokeswoman from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration. He died at 11 p.m. the following day at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Conley was the only person involved in the accident, a Goodyear spokesman said.
He said the joint company-union safety committee is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident, and the committee also is cooperating fully with T-OSHA´s inquiry.
"Our thoughts and concerns are with the associate´s family at this very difficult time," said Plant Manager Todd Turner. "As a plant team, we are deeply saddened."
The last fatal accident at the Union City plant occurred more than 20 years ago, the Goodyear spokesman said. "Safety is priority No. 1," he said. "We spend a tremendous amount of time on safety every day.
The T-OSHA spokeswoman said the investigation will take four to six weeks to complete.
She said the agency sent investigators to the plant who took photographs, talked to witnesses and to safety personnel.
She said the investigators will seek to determine what went wrong, see if anything could have been done to prevent the accident, and decide whether to issue any citations.