ONLY ON 3: Son remembers contract worker killed in fall at TVA
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
UPDATE: Eddie Morgan remembers his dad, Edwin Morgan, who went by Earl, as a hardworking man that was good at his craft.
“He didn’t care if it took him a little bit longer to do it as long as it got done right,” Eddie said, “He said if anything was worth doing, it was worth doing right and made sure he did it the way he was taught to do it by his dad and other construction workers that he worked with throughout the years.”
Earl spent nearly 50 years working in construction before Monday, when his life was tragically cut short. Another family member happened to be working on site at the TVA office building that day.
“He heard something and thought to himself, nobody fell. Then he turned around and someone said, ‘Earl fell,’” Eddie added.
Eddie describes what happened as a freak accident, something that could have happened to any of the men on site.
“He was on the ground. He went to fix something that he saw was messed up, lost his footing and fell,” Eddie added.
Investigators say Earl fell about 20 feet into a culvert. He would later die from his injuries.
Eddie wants his father to be remembered as the man he was: an honest, hardworking, family man with a big heart.
“He’d say, ‘I love you the mostest.’ And no matter who he was talking to, he meant it.”
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 25th in the Valley View Chapel. Interment will be in Lakewood Memory Gardens, East.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, September 24th at the Valley View Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory & Florist, 7414 Old Lee Highway.
PREVIOUS STORY: A worker contracted through TVA died from injuries he received after falling 20 feet while on the job.
Edwin Earl Morgan II, in his sixties, fell into a culvert just before noon Monday at the TVA building on 12th Street. Morgan was trying to paint the building and fell into a concrete culvert through a grate he had moved.
Channel 3 wanted to know more about the roofing company Morgan worked for called Total Building Maintenance. They company’s website touts their “employees are fully trained in safety procedures under the supervision of a safety coordinator who is fully certified in OSHA regulations.”
But Channel 3 discovered the company does have a history of OSHA violations. Over the last 10 years, Total Building Maintenance has had five inspections where inspectors cited the company for 12 offenses. The most recent happening in December of 2014 where they were cited for having six violations. One of which listed as serious involving “duty to have fall protection.” The 2014 violations proved to be costly for the company totaling nearly $10,000.
We wanted to know what other local companies do to keep workers and the public safe on the job.
Scott Griffith with Randy Wilson painting says safety of their workers is always number one priority.
“It’s up to me to go ahead and access what we need there—scaffolding, ladders, scissor lifts, whatever’s going to make the job safe,” Griffith said.
Griffith holds safety meetings every two weeks to look at equipment and go over procedures. It’s also a way to keep safety at the front of everyone’s mind.
“The job goes much smoother when things are running safely.”
We reached out to Total Building Maintenance, they declined to comment at this time.
Investigators are still waiting for autopsy results. TOSHA is also investigating this incident.
PREVIOUS STORY: The man who fell into a culvert at the TVA office building Monday has died as a result of his injuries.
Edwin Earl Morgan II, was attempting to slide a metal grade a few inches from a wall in order to paint the building when he fell 20 feet into a culvert.
Firefighters worked to pull Morgan to safety.
He was taken to a local hospital where he later died of his injuries.
Eyewitnesses told investigators Morgan, who worked for Total Building Maintenance and was doing contract work for TVA, accidentally pulled the grate too far, causing it to fall into the culvert. His fingers were reportedly stuck in the grate, causing him to fall.
Morgan's body was taken to the Hamilton County Medical examiner's Office for autopsy. TOSHA is investigating the incident.