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Work to resume at Wacker today


CHARLESTON, TN (WRCB) - It's been four days since two concrete workers died on the job at the Wacker plant in Bradley County. Construction on the $2 billion plant has been halted since. Channel 3 has learned work will resume Monday.

"It's scary because you don't know who it is or you don't know what happened and all you can do is hope for the best and that ain't what happened," Wacker construction worker Michael Carter said.

Two employees of Ohio-based subcontractor Baker Concrete Construction fell some 100 feet while working at Wacker's Charleston plant Wednesday night.

"You could see it on these guys faces. They watched these guys fall," Eric Blach with the Bradley County Medical Examiner's Office said.

The two men were dead before EMS workers arrived. Construction has been halted as the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration tries to determine what caused the deadly fall.

"It's extremely sad because all they're trying to do is provide for their family. That's all they wanted to do," Carter said.

Fellow Wacker construction worker Michael Carter didn't know the men. He worked a different shift and for a different company, but like them, he's being contracted from out of state. He says word of their deaths hits too close to home.

"I got a wife and a son at home," Carter said.

But to add more worry, he says he and other workers have been concerned about when the plant would re-open.

"The only reason I'm down here is to provide for my family. If I didn't have to provide for my family I wouldn't be here, I'd be back in Brooklyn, Mississippi," Carter said.

He says it's a relief they'll get back to work Monday morning, but certainly with a heavy heart.

The workers' bodies were taken to Knoxville for autopsy. Final results could take five to six months. Before this, Wacker prided itself on more than 900,000 construction hours incident free.

We'll continue bringing you updates on the investigation as they become available.

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