Investigation is still under way on construction worker deaths
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jan 16, 2013 | 1469 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Investigation is continuing into the death of two construction workers at Wacker in October. Hugo Mendoza and Luis Oachoa were employed with Baker Concrete Construction.

Larry Pierce, legal assistant with the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, issued a brief statement Tuesday afternoon regarding the investigation which began after the two men reportedly fell to their deaths at the Wacker construction site.

“The inspection at Baker Concrete Construction has not been completed,” Pierce said.

Pierce also said the investigation should be completed within the next few weeks.

Mendoza, 45, of Florida, and Oachoa, 31, died Oct. 10, 2012, after it was reported they had fallen from a tower under construction.

The Baker Concrete website indicated the company has several operations centers across the U.S.

The Wacker worksite was shut down for several days during the initial investigation.

Mendoza and Oachoa fell approximately 100 feet, according to reports.

Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted the investigation.

Work on the site of the former Wright family farm in Charleston began in April 2011.

Wacker Chemie AG, a Munich, Germany-based company, will produce hyperpure polysilicon which is used in the solar energy industry.

The company will invest more than $1.8 billion in construction at the site.