Tennessee Worker Dies in Tragic 32-Foot Fall at Gatlinburg Convention Center
While working on a project at the Gatlinburg Convention Center in Tennessee, a union worker fell 32 feet and died.
Jeffrey Coker, 66, died, according to the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA), after he fell while hanging lights from the convention center’s ceiling.
The accident at work occurred on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
Coker was employed by the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Union (IATSE) No. 197 to install lights for a convention center event that was coming up.
A person was reported missing from the convention center’s Great Hall location, and emergency officials arrived.
TOSHA has dispatched staff to look into the workplace fatalities and is currently conducting an investigation.
“To ensure the investigation’s integrity, TOSHA does not release any preliminary information regarding the incident,” the administration stated. “When the investigation is final, the report detailing the agency’s findings is open for review by the citizens of Tennessee.”
According to the administration, the TOSHA investigator usually observes the scene of the incident, looks through company files and policies, and speaks with staff members and management.
TOSHA has not given any other details regarding the death. The convention center intended to host a Christian youth gathering on Wednesday through Sunday.
Fox News Digital’s request for comment was not immediately answered by the IATSE or the Gatlinburg Police Department.
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