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UPDATE: Worker killed in accident at Wrigley plant

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UPDATE:  The Wrigley Company released the following statement Tuesday afternoon in regards to the death of a worker mid-shift early Tuesday morning. 

This accident is a heartbreaking tragedy. We are mourning the loss of our associate and our thoughts continue to be with his family. No injury is acceptable, and the safety of our associates is, and always will be, our first priority.

We work closely with local and national officials to maintain the highest level of safety protocols and best-in-class certifications, including Occupational Health & Safety Advisory Service (OHSAS) and International Standardization Organization (ISO).

We are also committed to driving a culture of safe behaviors through our daily, weekly and monthly safety trainings for our associates. These mandatory programs currently in place focus on reviewing safety protocols and identifying potential risks to create a safer work environment for our team.

As we move forward, safety will remain our top priority and we will continue identifying ways to safeguard our associates.


UPDATE: Initial reports from the Chattanooga Police Department have ruled the death as accidental.

A worker at the Wrigley plant was killed in an accident early this morning.

Police have identified the victim as 54-year-old, Wallace Scarbro.  Scarbro has been with the company for 1 1/2 years. 

According to police, Scarbro sustained life threatening injuries from a work-related accident at the plant.

Scarbro later succumbed to those injuries and was pronounced as deceased at the scene.

Authorities are investigating the incident which took place at the plant located at 3002 Jersey Pike where about 400 people are employed.

Details are limited about the accident.  

"Right now, there is little we can say to make this easier, and out of respect for the family and our associates, we will not comment further at this time," said Denise Young, vice president of corporate affairs for Wrigley North America operations.

In 2013, a 34-year-old woman died at the plant after sustaining a head injury when the ladder she was on was struck by a forklift. 

READ MORE | TOSHA report on 2013 accident

The Chattanooga plant had been cited several times previously for safety violations by Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The company was fined more than $8,000 after investigators found several safety violations at the plant.

The Chicago-based company makes a variety of gum and mints. It has operations in close to 50 counties and employs at total of  17,000 people. It's a subsidiary of Mars, Inc., according to the corporate website.

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