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Accident investigation underway

An investigation is currently underway by state agencies into the death last week of an Erwin ResinSolutions employee.
According to officials, Gary Reedy, 51,was killed in an industrial accident the morning of Oct. 14 when he fell into a concrete hole at the plant measuring 25 feet deep. Reedy reportedly died from his injuries sustained in the fall.
Unicoi County Emergency Management Services Director Ed Herndon said that his department received a call from 911 dispatch around 8:57 a.m. that someone had fallen into a hole at the Erwin ResinSolutions plant. EMS and the Southside Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene.
As a result of the fall, Reedy was exposed to very low levels of radiation, according to Herndon. An ambulance arrived on scene and Reedy was taken to Johnson City Medical Center where he was pronounced dead from his injuries sustained from the fall.
Following the transport, both the EMS workers and the ambulance used to transport Reedy underwent decontamination, Herndon said. The ambulance was washed thoroughly with soap and water.
The pit in which Reedy fell is a concrete pit used in the production process at the facility. The radiation exposure had no factor in Reedy’s death, according to Herndon.
EnergySolutions, the parent company of Erwin ResinSolutions, issued the following statement in the wake of the accident: “EnergySolutions expresses its deepest sympathy and regret to the family members and loved ones of our employee. An internal investigation into the cause of the fall is currently underway. Tennessee OSHA and TDEC agencies have been notified and EnergySolutions will update both agencies as information is made available.”
In March, EnergySolutions, which is headquarterd in Salt Lake City, announced that they had completed the purchase of Studsvik, Inc.’s processing facilities in Erwin and Memphis. The agreement also included the acquisition of Studsvik Inc.’s membership interest in Semprasafe, LLC, a joint venture with EnergySolutions.