Johnson City man killed in work-related accident at Unicoi factory

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Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley confirmed a Johnson City man died on the job on Monday.

Hensley said the man worked at Specialty Tires on Unicoi Drive in Unicoi County.

The man, whom Hensley identified as Ben Shew of Johnson City, worked in maintenance for the company.

Hensley said the man’s clothing got caught in a machine’s conveyor belt.  

Specialty Tires is a tire manufacturer.  

The following is a statement from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development: 

Tennessee OHSA was notified of a workplace fatality that took place on May 8, 2018, at Specialty Tires of America at 1000 Don Mateer Drive in Unicoi, TN.
A TOSHA health and safety investigator was sent to the facility to begin an investigation into the circumstances that led to this workplace fatality.
During the course of an investigation, TOSHA investigators will survey the scene, review company procedures and protocols, and attempt to interview both witnesses and company management.
The extensive TOSHA fatality investigation process can take between four and six months to complete. The agency does not release any preliminary information during the investigative process. Once an investigation is closed, the findings are available for review by any citizen of the state of Tennessee.
This is the 25th workplace fatality Tennessee OHSA has investigated in 2018.

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