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Two construction workers die at East Tennessee plant

October 11th, 2012 2:13 pm by Associated Press

CHARLESTON, Tenn. (AP) — Two construction workers have been killed at the site of the new Wacker Polysilicon plant in Charleston.

Bradley County Fire Chief Dewey Woody said the workers fell about 140 feet after a work platform failed late Wednesday night. There were no other injuries.

At least 1,000 workers per day are employed during the construction in Bradley County. The company expects up to 3,000 workers daily at the height of construction.

In a company statement, Wacker Polysilicon Vice President and Site Manager Dr. Konrad Bachhuber said the company is deeply saddened by the loss of life.

The plant is costing the company about $1 billion to build. It is expected to open by the end of 2013 and will make silicon that is used primarily in solar energy collection panels.

The company said in August that it had already hired about half of its workforce. A group of new employees was sent for training to Germany, where the parent company of Wacker Polysilicon North America is located.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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