Maplesville man killed in industrial accident

Published 3:29 pm Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A Maplesville man was killed Aug. 31 while working at Stella-Jones in Clanton in what has been deemed an “industrial accident.”

Cedric Lee Hayes Jr., 22, was pronounced dead around 7:48 p.m. Aug. 31 by Chilton County Coroner Aaron Ellison.

Ellison said Hayes’ death was ruled the result of an industrial accident.

Captain Neil Fetner with the Clanton Police Department said CPD was dispatched to a medical call in relation to a workplace accident, and CPD was the reporting agency that documented the details at the scene and handed the investigation over to Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Calls to OSHA were not returned as of Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Sylvester senior vice president of operations for Stella-Jones said the company is still working with regulatory agencies who are investigating the incident and declined to release any details surrounding Hayes’ death.

“What I can say, is it is a tragedy,” Sylvester said. “A member of our family was killed in an accident in Clanton, and first and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time.”

Sylvester said the CEO for the company was in Clanton last week and personally met with the family members and employees at Stella-Jones.

“A lot of people were affected by this,” Sylvester said. “We take safety as the highest priority.”

Sylvester said the Clanton facility employs about 45 people who work to produce pressure-treated wood products.

Stella-Jones Inc. supplies North America railroad operators with railway ties and timbers, and electrical utilities and telecommunication companies with utility poles.

Stella-Jones also provides residential lumber to retailers and wholesalers for outdoor applications, as well as industrial products for construction and marine applications.

The 400,000-square-feet facility is located on 100 acres at the Chilton County Industrial Park, north of Clanton.

Stella-Jones Corporation is a U.S.-based company out of Pittsburgh, Pa., wholly owned by Stella-Jones Inc., based in Montreal, Quebec.

In March 2014, Stella-Jones Inc. announced the company had entered into a non-binding letter of intent to buy divisions from Boatright.

In May 2014, Stella-Jones acquired the assets of Boatright Railroad Products.

No additional information regarding the incident was available.