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Fallen Worker: Larry Chubbs, Tennessee

Larry Chubbs (54) worked in Chattanooga, Tenn., at TAG Manufacturing, a company that makes metal components of large construction equipment. On May 8, 2012, Larry was operating a blasting machine that cleans and descales large steel parts. When an unsecured floor panel of a catwalk gave way, he fell into the machine’s moving parts. He was killed instantly.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that “when workers found Chubbs’ body in the machine, they found the panel from the catwalk with him.”

Tennessee OSHA (TOSHA) fined TAG Mfg. a total of $15,850 for six “serious” safety violations, including failure to secure the catwalk floor panels, and six “nonserious” violations. Ironically, Larry’s body was discovered by co-workers who came looking for him when he failed to show up for a safety meeting.

A soft-spoken, handsome man, Larry Chubbs was born in Chattanooga and spent his entire life there. Larry and Annette, his former wife, raised two children, Frederick and Kimberly, both grown and living with their families in Chattanooga. He was friendly and caring–the kind of man that people turned to for help. In an outpouring of sympathy and grief, Larry’s co-workers at TAG Manufacturing raised money to help his family in the aftermath of his death. Larry was a long-time member of Union Hill Baptist Church in Chattanooga.

Annette and Kimberly were quick to identify Larry as an athlete. He loved basketball and baseball, played both sports on school teams at City High, and continued to play throughout his life. Kimberly remembers all the times Larry took his granddaughter Shawnquell to the park to play baseball. Inspired by her grandfather, Shawnquell hopes to play basketball for the Lady Vols.

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