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

May 16th, 2018 No comments


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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Passages – MH Industry Veteran Elliott dies, RIP

September 14th, 2016 Comments off

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JACKSON, OH — James “Jim” Elliott lived life to the fullest — every single day of his 73 years. To say he had a zest for life would be an understatement, said Legacy.

Jackson passed away in his home on Saturday, Sept 10, 2016, with his family with him, the Daily Business News learned from the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA).

Legacy states that “…there were not enough hours in the day for Jim to squeeze in all of the things he was so passionate about. Jim loved working hard, playing hard, and spending time with his family and friends. His four grandchildren were his absolute pride, and the source of his greatest joy.”

OMHA sends it deepest condolences to the Elliot Families on the passing of longtime member Jim Elliott of D&W Homes,” Andrea Reichman, Assistant Director of the OMHA said.

Jim had a legendary work ethic, was an early riser who earned a business education degree from Marshall University.

First as a primary educator, later in the family appliance business, he happened into the manufactured housing industry when the late Terry Johnson encouraged him to work at Johnson’s Mobile Homes.

Elliot was hooked.

Jim lived by the credo that if you love what you do for a living,” says Legacy, “you will never work a day in your life. He definitely loved his work and built a thriving business in D&W Homes, which he owned and operated for 40 years with his friend and business partner, Bill Miller. Jim took great satisfaction in helping people realize the dream of home ownership, serving the tristate area from five locations in southern Ohio and West Virginia.”

Speaking about family and friends, Reichman said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.”

Elliot is survived by his partner, Karen Eachus; daughter Gwen Elliott; stepson Michael (Suzanne) Eachus; brother Larry (Linda) Elliott; sisters Lynn (Don) Mega and Eleanor (Harold) Trout; and four grandchildren, Samantha Elliott, Gabriel Elliott, James Elliott and Lauren Eachus, stated Legacy.

The MHProNews  team wishes to extend our sincere condolences to all touched by Elliot’s loss. ##

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