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Fatal Clayton Homes Maynardville Accident Fined, RIP Keith Tucker West Jr. of Hoyle’s Tire & Axle

May 16th, 2018 Comments off


Last February, a North Carolina truck drive died at Clayton Homes Maynardville plant.  The state and local media said little, pending the state’s investigation.


The initial Daily Business News report, is linked here.

Tragic Clayton Death Sparks Investigation, Background Others Missed

That state investigation is now complete, and here is what the findings are.

A North Carolina mobile home parts seller has been fined $2,000 by the state following the death of one of its drivers in February while making a delivery in Maynardville,” per WBIR 10 News.

The Tennessee State Department of Labor and Workforce Development imposed the fine against Hoyle’s Tire & Axle of Henderson, N.C. Hoyle’s has paid the fine, according to records.

State authorities found that Hoyle’s had “failed to ensure employees are protected from falling material when unsecuring a load,” records state.

Clayton’s plant was not fined in connection with the fatality.


RIP Keith Tucker West, Jr.


Smithfield, NC resident Keith Tucker West, Jr. died on Monday, February 12, 2018 from injuries from an accident at the Clayton Maynardville plant. West was born on March 3, 1974 in Vance County, NC. He was the son of Carol Faucette Harris of Henderson and the late Keith Tucker West, Sr.

Hoyle’s truck driver was Keith Tucker West, Jr. 43.  West was “struck and killed by falling axles after stopping to make a delivery Feb. 12 at a Clayton Homes manufacturing plant on Raccoon Valley Road,” according to WBIR. “The axles fell on West and crushed him as he was loosening straps on axle bundles.”

During the unloading process at Clayton’s Maynardville production center, it was the truck driver’s job to unstrap the load. Once the fasteners and straps were removed, records state, it was up to a forklift operator at Clayton Homes to remove the idler axes coming into the plant.

While in the process of unstrapping the load, a bundle of idler axles fell from the top tier of the trailer and struck Mr. West from above,” the Tennessee investigative summary states.

Hoyle’s, the Tennessee State Department of Labor and Workforce Development found, should “develop written procedures for safely unloading/unstrapping cargo and subsequently train all potentially exposed employees on the procedures.”

The West funeral photos are from Facebook, from his grieving friend Patrick Jackson.


Keith Tucker West, Jr, rest in peace.

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Richard William Pettet Dies in Manufactured Home Installation Tragedy

December 6th, 2017 Comments off

FirefightersWorkUnderManufacturedHomeSlippedBlocksVintonCourierHeatheWillardDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsRichard William Pettet of McArthur, Ohio man was killed Monday afternoon when a manufactured home he was working on crushed him, after slipping off its blocks.

Richard Pettet was pronounced dead at the scene,” per the Vinton Courier

The incident involved a new home he was installing at 63718 Route 50, with us son, per the Vinton County Sherriff’s Office.

Fire department, Vinton County EMS, Vinton County Sheriff’s Office and rescue workers responded to the scene, located near Vinton County Middle School and the intersection with Locker Plant Road.


The fire department is actually trained in order to do that type of close-quarter rescue,” Lt. Bill Bowden said.

Bowden said this wasn’t the first such tragedy in recent years.


Richard was a member of Laborers Union 423, the McArthur VFW, and the McArthur Eagles.

His parents, sons, James (Holly) Pettet of Wilkesville and Timothy Pettet of The Plains; grandchildren, Jaclyn, Logan and Ellie; brother, Roger Pettet of Cincinnati; his friend, Lisa Bay and the mother of his children, Rebecca Pettet of Zaleski were among the survivors.


Funeral services will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 in the Garrett-Cardaras Funeral Home, 201 W. High St., McArthur, with Rev. Bob Jividen officiating.

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