Hawkins worker killed at MIS Inc. plant in Phipps Bend

SURGOINSVILLE — An employee of the MIS Inc. plant in Hawkins County was killed Thursday night after getting stuck in a large piece of equipment while reportedly trying to dislodge a part that had gotten stuck.

The victim was identified as Arthur James Hendrickson, 361 Carters Valley Loop Lot 4, Rogersville. Hendrickson would have celebrated his 35th birthday next Friday.

Hawkins County EMA Director Gary Murrell, who responded to the factory at Phipps Bend with other volunteer fire and rescue personnel, said that as soon as the part was dislodged, the door closed on Hendrickson. Murrell said death would have been instantaneous.

Shortly after 11:30 p.m., Hawkins County Central Dispatch received a report of an employee being trapped in a machine at the plant, located at 119 Industrial Drive.

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Anthony Crosby stated in his report that Hendrickson was pronounced dead when EMS personnel arrived at the plant.

“I observed Arthur slumped by a machine identified as a ‘hangar blast,’ wherein it appeared that his head and neck had been caught in a door panel which operated mechanically,” the report said. “Witnesses indicated that Arthur had been attempting to retrieve an object from inside the hangar when the door slammed shut, trapping Arthur. Efforts to extract Arthur from the machine were unsuccessful, leading to his demise.”

The HCSO and TOSHA (Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration) are investigating the incident.

MIS Inc. provides metal finishing and quality containment for manufacturing organizations including the automotive industry. Among the services provided by MIS are shot blasting, vibratory tumbling and deburring, magnetic particle inspection, sort and inspection, CNC machining, vacuum impregnation and warehousing.