Nissan Fined In Death Of Worker At Smyrna Plant

Posted at 5:06 PM, Feb 24, 2017

Nissan has been fined $29,000 by the Tennessee division of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations in the plant accident that killed Dennis Pinkston.

Pinkston was killed on Nov. 16 while performing some repairs on a seat conveyor system.

Nissan Worker Dies After Incident At Smyrna Plant

TOSHA released it's full report on the incident Friday. It shows that Dennis was watching the conveyor to see if the repairs worked when he was struck by a counterweight. That weight landed on Dennis' head and crushed him.

The 46-year-old later died after being airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

TOSHA has determined Nissan did not establish proper procedures for employees to follow when servicing equipment, like the conveyor Dennis was working on.

In addition to all this, Nissan was also found to have repeated this serious violation before.  

Nissan released the following statement in response to the reports:

The safety and well-being of our employees is always our top priority. We dedicate extensive time and resources to safety programs and training at the plant. Nissan is working through TOSHA's established process to contest these citations and bring this matter to a close. We also continue to work on determining what can be done to prevent future occurrences.