Worker dies after falling off ladder at Jackson steel plant

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- A man has died after falling from a ladder at the Gourd Ameristeel plant in Jackson.

The Madison County Sheriff's Office says 59-year-old Dennis D. Philyaw of Alamo fell about 12 feet on a fixed maintenance ladder Wednesday. The steel plant employs about 400 people.

Sheriff David Woolfork says there are no indications of foul play, and the county medical examiner's office has ruled the death as accidental.

Company vice president and general manager Tom Hohs says Philyaw had worked with the company for two years following 12 to 15 years working at the plant for a contractor.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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