Worker dies in accident

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 1, 2003

A contract maintenance worker died in an accident at Gulf States Paper Corporation’s Demopolis pulp and paperboard mill Wednesday.

According to company officials, Terry L. Cheeseboro, 19, of Lower Peachtree, was working near a bark conveyor, when he suddenly became entangled in the machinery.

Gulf States spokesman Dan Meissner said the emergency crew, nurses and local rescue units were called to the scene but their efforts were unsuccessful in saving Cheeseboro.

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Cheeseboro’s father, Hollis Campbell, a resident of Lower Peachtree, described his son as someone who was always "very nice, always working for what he got."

Campbell said that Cheeseboro attended Monroeville Senior High School before being employed by Burkes Mechanical of Brent, a maintenance and mechanical contractor at the Demopolis site. Campbell said that he had two sisters and seven brothers.

John Burroughs, assistant director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in Mobile, said Thursday that OSHA was investigating the incident.

Herbie Burke, president of Burkes Mechanical, called Cheeseboro a "a very fine young man, and a very good astute worker."