State fines Gerdau $4K in Knoxville worker's May death

Sept. 7, 2016: State workplace investigators are fining the company $4,000 after a worker died there in May.

State workplace investigators are imposing a $4,000 fine against Gerdau Ameristeel US in the May death of a Knoxville employee.

The "serious" citation was issued Aug. 4 and released to 10News on Wednesday as part of a records request.

Authorities with the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development found Gerdau failed to ensure materials in storage were properly stacked to thwart the possibility that it could fall on workers.

More: Family: Worker killed in industrial accident at Knoxville mill

In the May 10 death, 4,000-pound "super sacks" of tap hole sand were double-stacked in a brick shed. One fell on Anthony McDowell, 55, killing him instantly, records show.

The incident occurred between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the shed at the plant's Lonsdale address, 1919 Tennessee Ave.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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