Carlex Factory Worker Dies After Plant Accident

Fotolia_43231762_Subscription_Monthly_MCatherine White, 51, of Lebanon, Tenn., died after sustaining injuries from a piece of equipment at Carlex’s Nashville, Tenn., windshield plant Friday afternoon, according to city police.

According to a statement released by Metro Nashville Police: “A supervisor told responding officers that at approximately 3:50 p.m., White reported that she was experiencing problems with a work station printer. She apparently put her head inside the machine in an attempt to address the issue when the printer suddenly initiated its work cycle. … She suffered a severe head injury. Medical personnel arrived shortly afterward and pronounced her deceased.”

The sensors and actuators seemed to think the next windshield had entered the machine, explained a spokesperson for the police public affairs office.

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) is investigating the death, says Jennifer Farrar, a spokesperson for the agency. A report will be released in four to six weeks.

The plant involved fabricates both OEM and aftermarket windshields.

Carlex president Jim Shepard said White worked for the company for approximately 18 years, according to a local report.

“Obviously this is a terrible tragic event,” says Debbie Radish-Respess, Carlex’s vice president of human resources. “Our investigation is ongoing, so we don’t have a lot to release at this time. We don’t have a root cause. We’re working through this with our extended Carlex family. Our focus is on our Carlex family.”

The plant ceased operations after the incident but is now back up and running, she adds. The company is working with TOSHA on its investigation.

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