Wacker contract workers were Ohio-based
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
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The two men killed in a fall from one of the many massive towers being constructed at the Wacker plant near Charleston have been identified as contract workers with a company based in Ohio.

Hugo Mendoza, 45, of Florida and Luis Oachoa, 31, died Wednesday evening after it was reported they had fallen from a tower under construction.

Eric Blach of the Bradley County Medical Examiner’s Office released the names of the two men today.

Blach said Oachoa had two identification cards on his person.

“Wacker has ‘Luis Oachoa’ as a contract worker,” Blach said of the name the company was provided for the younger worker.

Oachoa’s other identification card named him as Rodrigo Trinidad-Mena. Other reports indicated he was “known as Luis Oacha Rodrigo.”

According to Blach, the men worked for Baker Concrete Construction of Ohio.

The Baker website indicates the company has several operations centers across the U.S.

Wacker officials confirmed 1,200 workers are on site “on normal” workdays.

Reports from emergency responders and Bradley County 911 reports indicated the men fell just before 10:30 p.m. Both fell approximately 100 feet.

Emergency officials at the site said both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Initial reports from 911 noted additional workers had been injured; however, Wacker officials said no other injuries were reported.

Wacker Director of Corporate Communications William J. Toth said Thursday morning work at the site was shut down as an investigation into the cause of the accident continued.

Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting the investigation.

Toth said today the reopening of the site depends upon the progress of the investigation.

Work on the site of the former Wright family farm in Charleston began in April 2011.

Wacker Chemie AG, a Munich, Germany-based company, will produce hyperpure polysilicon which is used in the solar energy industry. The company will invest more than $1.5 billion in construction at the site.