The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA) is investigating the death of a Clarksville Hankook employee who was killed on Wednesday, Dec. 1 in an industrial accident at a battery manufacturing facility.

Chris Cannon, with the Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Department, said a Hankook employee has officially notified TOSHA of the incident.

“TOSHA is currently investigating the circumstances that led to the worker’s death,” Cannon said in an email. “During the investigative process, TOSHA typically surveys the location of the incident, reviews company records, and procedures and then will conduct interviews with management and employees.”

Sandra Brandon, Montgomery County Sheriff spokesperson, said yesterday at 8:04 a.m., responders from the sheriff’s department, EMS and Clarksville Fire Rescue were dispatched to the Hankook & Company ES America Corp., formerly Atlas BX, at 1325 International Boulevard.

Hankook officials confirmed the employee died following an incident that took place during routine maintenance of plant equipment.

“Operations were immediately halted for the day and emergency services were called to the scene,” the statement from Hankook & Company ES America Corp. read. “An investigation is underway, but there is no ongoing safety concern at the facility.”

The statement said the company is working with the governmental authorities to gather more information.

“All of us at Hankook & Company ES extend our deepest sympathies to the family of our employee,” the statement said.

The employee was a male Korean national, according to Brandon. His name and age has yet to be released.

The man was transported on Wednesday to an area hospital and then his body was taken to the medical examiner’s office in Nashville, Brandon said.

Cannon said such investigations by TOSHA typically take eight and ten weeks to complete.

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