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Mosheim sewer workers drowned inside pump station, town fined $42,200 for safety rules violations

Staff Report • Jan 6, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Greeneville Sun is reporting that two Mosheim sewer workers apparently drowned last July inside a sewer pump station. The cause of death was part of a Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health released Monday.It had been unclear before the report was released what had caused the deaths of Jeremy Goforth, 21, of Little Chuckey Road, Mosheim, and Ronnie Carmichael, 49, of C.H. Rankin Road, White Pine. The men died on July 28 inside a sewer pump station at 14055 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy. in Mosheim.There was speculation that they might have been overcome by gases inside the 15-to-25-foot-deep concrete sewer pumping station, or might have been died from electrocution.Also on Monday, state officials released copies of citations and proposed penalties totaling $42,200 imposed on the Town of Mosheim by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development for alleged rules violations discovered during a state investigation of the deaths of Carmichael and Goforth.

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