Kingston city worker hurt when beam slips

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By Cindy Simpson

A Kingston city employee was hurt on the job Monday morning while performing maintenance at the Kingston wastewater plant. 

Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton said plant manager Mike Jolly was injured when a beam struck him in the back.

The accident happened around 11:30.

Pinkerton said a cable attached to an A-frame had some slack that employees didn’t see.

The beam was going to be used to lift a piece of equipment so the bearings could be replaced.

“The slack came loose and the beam dropped a couple of feet. It hit him in the back and broke a couple of his ribs,” Pinkerton said.  

Pinkerton said Jolly was taken to Roane Medical Center and is now at home.

“I talked with him yesterday,” he said. “I’m sure he’s sore, and he’s going to be off this week.”