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Facility remains shut down following accident

Three weeks after the death of an employee, operations at Erwin ResinSolutions remain shut down, according to a media representative of EnergySolutions – the facility’s parent company.
In response to an email inquiry from The Erwin Record about the status of operations at Erwin ResinSolutions, Mark Walker, vice president of marketing and media relations for EnergySolutions said “the facility remains voluntarily shut down.”
Local officials previously said that Gary Reedy, 51, died from injuries he sustained from a 25-foot fall into a concrete hole at the plant on Oct. 14.
Unicoi County Emergency Management Services Director Ed Herndon previously 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 of 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 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, as well as Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, are reportedly investigating the incident.