We've confirmed that a worker seriously injured after an accident at the Wrigley Plant in Chattanooga has died. Tuesday, the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration tell us the accident happened at the plant on Sunday.
T.O.S.H.A. - who investigates workplace accidents - hasn't given us the worker's name, but neighbors identify the worker as Amanda Chitwood or Mandy.
Shannon Jones says she saw Mandy on Sunday. Mandy died the next day.
"When I heard about it, it was shocking, it was surreal. Because one day you're here and one day you're not," says Shannon Jones, Amanda's neighbors.
Chattanooga police say the worker was on a ladder performing her duties when a forklift backed into the ladder. They say she fell from the ladder and suffered severe injuries. Police say it appears to be accidental, even though T.O.S.H.A. tells us they're still investigating.
"Everybody was upset here. People like Mandy in this neighborhood. She was very social and outgoing and waved at everybody. She was beautiful and very kind," says Shannon Jones.
Tuesday, we called the Wrigley Plant, who still hasn't confirmed the fatality. But, they gave us a statement which says, "We are deeply saddened to confirm that one of our associates was seriously injured as a result of an accident onsite at our factory. Out of respect for our associate and the family, we will not comment further at this time."
Tuesday, we did some digging and found out that Wrigley's in Chattanooga has previously been cited for workplace safety violations.
According to a T.O.S.H.A. spokesperson, in July of 2005, the Wrigley plant received 2 citations - one for improper machine guarding and another for inadequate medical first aid training.
"Shocking. I just hope everything works out for them and their family," says Amanda's neighbor Joey Van-Norman.
T.O.S.H.A. will investigate more to find out exactly what happened. Police say it appears accidental so no charges will likely be filed.
By Jerry Askin