Tosha investigates fatal workplace accident in Rogersville | WJHL

Tosha investigates fatal workplace accident in Rogersville |  WJHL

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) is investigating the death of a longtime employee after an accident at a Rogersville facility.

According to Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Chief Communications Officer Chris Cannon, TOSHA began an investigation into the death on Tuesday.


The reported workplace incident occurred at HDK Industries Inc., Cannon said in a statement to News Channel 11. On January 27th. HDK Industries is located at 100 Industrial Park Drive in Rogersville.

A TOSHA investigator was sent to the facility “to determine the circumstances that led to the worker’s death,” Cannon stated.

HDK was recently acquired by Clean Solutions Group and integrated into the Fibrix Filtration brand.

Scott Keller, HDK’s former vice president of sales and marketing and general manager, told News Channel 11 in a statement Thursday that the company was unable to release the employee’s identity. However, Keller was able to confirm that the employee had worked for the company for 30 years and held a position in the manufacturing department.

“It is important that we determine how this accident occurred,” Keller said in the statement.

TOSHA investigations typically consist of a site survey, a review of records and procedures and interviews with management and employees, according to Cannon.

According to Keller, the company’s goal is to get employees and visitors home safely every day. The entire statement can be read below:

“We are saddened and saddened by the death of one of our colleagues. This is a very tragic incident and we extend our deepest condolences to the employee’s family and friends.

Company policy prohibits me from publishing an employee’s name without family approval, but I can confirm that the employee has been with our company for 30 years. I can also confirm that the employee’s position with the company at the time of the incident was within our manufacturing department. It is important to determine how this accident occurred.

Our goal is to get every employee and visitor home safely every day. At this time, we do not have further details but we are working closely with investigators as they review the incident and will work diligently until the investigation is concluded.

We ask that you respect the very sensitive nature of this incident for our staff and the family.
Scott Keller, former VP of Sales and Marketing/General Manager, HDK Industries

The investigation is expected to take between eight and ten weeks to complete. Before the project is completed, Cannon said Tosha would not release any further details. The results of the investigation will be published after its completion.

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