Just days after starting a new job, a Houston-area man was killed in a tragic tire shredder accident
Byron Jones had began work at Genan, Inc., a tire recycling plant, early last week, according to Houston's KTRK
. Last Friday, coworkers reported Jones missing before realizing he was dead.
Andrew Seerden, who is representing Jones' family, told KTRK that the 26-year-old father was "tragically killed in a tire shredder"
at the plant, located in northeast Harris County.
Sources told KTRK that Jones got caught in the shredder and was unable to escape
. Investigators from the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration visited the plant this past weekend and have launched an investigation
. Harris County Sheriff's Office is also investigating the accident
Jones' family plans on filing a lawsuit
against Genan. Seerden told KTRK that his office is investigating Jones' death in order to hold the "negligent parties fully accountable."
An attorney representing Genan, Paul Francis, told KTRK that the company had no comment
regarding the impending lawsuit.
According to OSHA
's online records, Genan has never had an incident like this before. The company has plants throughout Europe, though the Texas location is the largest recycling plant of its kind
in the world, according to its website.