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Thursday, 11 October 2012 12:38

Paper: Virginia department probes mill death

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The Virginia State Department of Labor and Industry is investigating Friday’s death of a North Carolina man from an apparent industrial accident on the International Paper grounds in Franklin, The Tidewater News reported Wednesday.

James “Jimmy” Denny, 38, of Roanoke Rapids died after the 12:55 p.m. incident allegedly involving a crane.

The Tidewater News reported Denny was doing contract work for Tak Investments, the parent company of ST Tissue. In April, ST Tissue leased from IP a paper machine and a sheeting warehouse to recycle waste paper into tissue for napkins and towels.

Sahil Tak, vice president of ST Tissue, said Monday the company may issue a statement. He did not comment further.

Denny apparently got caught in a crane. He was taken to Southampton Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Jennifer Wester, director of cooperative programs with the Department of Labor and Industry in Richmond, said her agency has six months to complete its investigation and will be looking into whether or not occupational safety and health regulations were followed.

“We are investigating what happened, but as part of that we don’t comment on the investigation,” Wester said.

“I know our compliance officer was there on Friday, but I don’t have any information as to what type of injury it was,” she said.

The Medical Examiner’s Office in Norfolk did not have a cause of death as of Tuesday.




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