published Saturday, May 4th, 2013

Son sues over dad's death in workplace

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    This photo from TOSHA shows the machine at TAG Manufacturing where Larry Chubbs fell through paneling on a catwalk was killed. The arrow points to the panel that became dislodged.

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Chubbs v. TAG Lawsuit
Chubbs v. TAG Lawsuit

The son of a man who was killed in a grisly incident at a local manufacturing company last year filed a $3 million wrongful death lawsuit Friday against the company.

Larry Chubbs, 54, was killed at TAG Manufacturing when a metal-grating floor panel he was walking on gave way, according to the lawsuit in Hamilton County Circuit Court.

Chubbs fell into a machine called the Big Blaster, where an auger ground and amputated his legs to his torso. He died of extreme blood loss at the scene.

Workers noticed him missing from a morning meeting and found him in the machine with the fallen panel.

Frederick Chubbs, Larry's son, is the administrator of his estate and filed the lawsuit with local attorney Lloyd Stanley against TAG.

Stanley declined to comment on the pending lawsuit Friday.

Mike Carter, legal counsel for TAG, said when contacted Friday he had not yet seen the lawsuit but would review it and respond accordingly.

"It's a complicated legal matter," he said. "It was a horrible situation."

In November, the Tennessee Department of Labor fined TAG $16,000 for safety violations in connection with Chubb's death.

The state examiner claimed that none of the panels on the catwalk was welded, bolted or bracketed in place, according to Chattanooga Times Free Press archives.

In the lawsuit Frederick Chubbs alleges that TAG failed to properly install, maintain and repair the bar grating floor panels, which resulted in his father's death.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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