Emergency workers respond to International Paper after Jimmy Denny of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., was injured and died on Friday. -- ANDREW FAISON/TIDEWATER NEWS

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Mill accident kills one

Published 2:16pm Friday, October 5, 2012

FRANKLIN—A worker died Friday after a 12:55 p.m. accident on the International Paper grounds, said Don Robertson, spokesman for Isle of Wight County.

The victim was identified as Jimmy Denny of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

When emergency workers got the call for the apparent accident, it was indicated the victim was caught in a crane, and was injured and bleeding badly.

“Apparently the accident did involve a crane, and it may have either trapped the person or fallen on the person,” Robertson said.

Denny was taken to Southampton Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Denny was working for Tak Investments, said Julie Brennan, communications manager for IP.

Sahil Tak, vice-president of ST Tissue, had no comment.

Tak Investments, the parent company of ST Tissue, in April leased from IP a paper machine, office space, a sheeting warehouse, and a recycled fiber facility.

The company will be recycling waste paper into tissue for napkins and towels.

The plant’s recycled fiber facility is operational, and the tissue machine was scheduled to begin operating by the end of October.

Robertson believes the incident will be investigated.

“It’s early in the process, but in anything like this, OSHA (Occupational Health and Safety Administration) gets involved,” he said.

 

  • workingtodamill

    Handkusp, I think it has been 20 years since the last fatal accident there. I know there hasn’t been one in the last 15. I think the last one was actually at the particle board plant with a fire.

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    • handkusp45

      There was a construction elctrician that was killed in a Pulp Mill control room probably around 15 years ago.

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  • handkusp45

    I worked at the mill for many years and saw how close people came to getting hurt or killed. I think there were about six deaths there over the last 50 years. It is a very dangerous place with so many ways to get hurt. But there was a great deal of effort put forth by the company and its employees to be safe. It’s a shame this man lost his life. His family will have to deal with that all their lives. I pray that God will comfort them and help them through this.

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  • workingtodamill

    Ol Skinny, you must have never worked there, or you would be just as proud of the safety record that we had as I am. As far as going back, don’t want to. Got a job with every weekend off, so I’m good. Accidents do happen , but most accidents are preventable. From the info I am getting on this, it was very preventable. Not to put the blame on anyone but where the guy was the crane should not have been used, or for him to be where he was the crane should have been locked out so it couldn’t be used. There are policies and procedures that should have been followed that weren’t. Call me nuts is you want to but this is why I say it wouldn’t have happened before the shutdown because the employees wouldn’t have let it. That mill has a VPP Star status because the workers were very safety minded. IP didn’t get that, the employees got that for them. Believe me, I am sad for the guy, his family and anyone else involved, but I’m not gonna apologize for my statement.

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    • tidewater

      you are exactly right workingtodamill. what about how quick ip was to distance themselves from having any accountability. i thought anyone coming on to the premises had to follow ip’s safety rules and regulations. this absolutely could have been avoided. no matter who is at fault, EVERYONE working on that property needs to know the proper safety procedures to be followed. SAFETY FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • shocked

    Praying for his family, friends, and co-workers!

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  • Ol Skinny

    workingtodamill… you are a NUT (best word I can use on this forum) You sound like yet another that must have not been hired back. This is a sad, sad situation. My heart hurts for the family and his co-workers. Accidents… thats what they are, … just take the time to remind your family and friends that you love them!

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    • employee2

      I believe that misunderstand workingtodamill. At the time the mill was operating as Union Camp, safety was stressed as job 1. There were constant lessons on safety. It was something that the mill employee’s wore with pride! As I no longer work there or ever under the IP name. I understand.

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  • Dedicated to Justice

    Prayers to the family. A reminder to everyone of how we never know when our time on earth end.

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  • Johnny D.

    Very sad.

    Accidents are just that, Accidents.

    If anyone could have stopped/ or prevented the loss of life, it would have been done.

    Prayers for the family.

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  • workingtodamill

    Sorry for this person and his family. That is 2 serious accidents in a week. I know of another employee that got bably burned a little over a month ago. Things don’t seem to be going well safety wise for them. Can’t say this wouldn’t have happened a couple of years ago, but it would have been less likely.

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  • HarleyGurl

    Prayers out to this man’s family.

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  • FromHere

    So sorry for this person and family.

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