Name given for worker killed by accident at Bridgestone plant

Published: Jun. 24, 2020 at 10:44 AM EDT
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GRANITEVILLE, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - A contractor died Tuesday after an accident at the Bridgestone Americas passenger/light truck tire plant warehouse.

Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables identified the dead man as 58-year-old Andrew Hobbs, of Thomson.

Ables said his staff was called to Augusta University Medical Center regarding Hobbs, who was pronounced dead at 1:11 p.m. Tuesday. He died from crushing injuries suffered shortly after 9 a.m. that day while working at the plant in Graniteville, according to Ables. Hobbs will be autopsied Thursday in Newberry, the coroner said.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and co-workers,” the company said in a statement Wednesday.

Bridgestone said it is investigating the accident, which it said happened at the warehouse portion of the plant.

The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating. Investigations generally take at least eight weeks, according to the agency.

A $34 million new warehouse expansion opened June 18 at the plant with a ribbon cutting by several company executives. The 272,000-square-foot expansion is expected to create 20 jobs, the company said last week.

Bridgestone has operated the plant in Graniteville since 1998. The company also has a plant in Trenton that produces large and ultra-large off-road radial tires.

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