In January of this year, the 26-year-old Byron Jones died when he fell into a tire shredder at Genan, Inc., a tire recycling plant in Sheldon, Texas. Genan, Inc. opened their Houston recycling plant in 2014; the company also has recycling plants in Germany and Denmark. According to the Genan, Inc. website, the Sheldon plant is the largest recycling facility in the world, taking in 100,000 metric tons of tires yearly.
Following the death of Byron Jones, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Harris County Sherriff’s Office have launched an investigation into the death of a recycling plant worker. Investigators believe that Mr. Jones became caught in the tire shredding machine, was unable to get free, and fell into the machine. Before the recycling plant realized what happened to Mr. Jones, his co-workers had reported him missing.
The Jones family and investigators delivered a press conference at the recycling plant. “We are currently investigating the incident and expect to file a lawsuit in order to hold all negligent and grossly negligent parties fully accountable for this tragedy,” said a representative of the Jones family to Eyewitness News. Mr. Jones leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter and a family asking for answers.
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