Worker Killed in Fall at Bay County Incinerator

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A contract worker at the Bay County Waste to Energy Facility, the incinerator, died this morning in a mishap while working on repairing recent fire damage at the facility.

The worker, identified as 29 year old Micah Shane Duke, was employed with World Scaffolding, Co. of Mississippi. He was at the top of the plant when he fell six stories, over 60 feet, and landed trapped between a wall and scaffolding.

Bay County fire rescue personnel and Ambulance paramedics rushed to the scene. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

A full investigation into the fatal incident is underway. Joe Tannehill, Jr, of Engen said the mishap occurred on the inside of the plant as the worker was installing scaffolding from the 60 foot level to the ground. He fell in a seldom accessed area and apparently no one witnessed the fall.

Bay County sheriff officials are investigating… OSHA will be on site Saturday.


As NewsChannel 7 first reported at noon, a contract worker making repairs at the Bay County Waste to Energy Facility fell to his death at midday Friday from a six-story high scaffolding.

Authorities said the man was working with crew members to make repairs to the facility when he fell from the scaffolding. His body became caught between and wall and the scaffolding.

The solid waste incinerator is located in an industrial park off Highway 231 northeast of Panama City.

A fire in mid-February caused significant damage to the incinerator and adjacent buildings. The man was working to repair that damage when he fell.

The identity of the man killed in the fall has not yet been released. NewChannel 7 has a crew at the scene and will have a full report in our 5pm and 6pm newscasts.

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