- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a worker at a Knoxville steel mill.

Knoxville police have said 55-year-old Anthony McDowell was working in a storage area of Gerdau Ameristeel when a pallet overturned on him that was holding about 4,000 pounds of a granular material contained in large bags. Police received a call at about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday. McDowell was pronounced dead at the scene.

TOSHA spokesman Chris Cannon tells the Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1Tb7Im8) that the agency’s investigation could take up to 12 weeks to complete.

Gerdau spokeswoman Kim Selph says the company also is conducting an internal investigation.

In 2014, Gerdau was fined $8,400 for an explosion that killed one worker and injured five others.


Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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