Harlem accident kills worker, 70

Tracy-Luckey employee killed when air compressor explodes

Friday, March 2, 2012 1:43 PM
Last updated Saturday, March 3, 2012 12:35 AM
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A Tracy-Luckey Co. employee was killed Friday in an air compressor explosion.

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Tracy-Luckey Company plant manager Homer Gay replaces a full barrel of pecans with an empty one at the end of a conveyor belt at the Harlem pecan processing plant on November 1, 2006. Gay was killed in an explosion at the plant early Friday, March 2, 2012.   JIM BLAYLOCK/FILE
JIM BLAYLOCK/FILE
Tracy-Luckey Company plant manager Homer Gay replaces a full barrel of pecans with an empty one at the end of a conveyor belt at the Harlem pecan processing plant on November 1, 2006. Gay was killed in an explosion at the plant early Friday, March 2, 2012.

A 2-inch pipe struck Homer Gay, 70, in the head at the Harlem pecan-processing plant, Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins said.

The Appling man was working on an air compressor Friday morning when he noticed a leak, Collins said.

“He told people to get away from it, and he turned to walk away from it” when the pipe blew off and hit Gay in the right side of the head, Collins said.

A Tracy-Luckey employee refused to comment Friday afternoon on the accident.

Gay’s body will be taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for autopsy.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was notified of the fatality and sent a compliance officer to Harlem to begin an inspection.

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easy breezy
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easy breezy 03/02/12 - 03:06 pm
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OMG! This man was a dedicated

OMG! This man was a dedicated employee of Tracy Luckey for many years. This is such a terrible tragedy. May God bless his soul.

raul
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raul 03/02/12 - 03:11 pm
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Condolences to his family.

Condolences to his family.

LouLou
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LouLou 03/02/12 - 05:24 pm
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This is definitely a terrible

This is definitely a terrible tragedy. My mother, grandmother and mother-in-law worked @ Tracy Lucky many years ago, Mr. Gay was "Tracy Lucky". He was dedicated not only to the pecan plant but to his co-workers as well. Dedication does not even put in perspective to Mr. Gay. My heart aches for his family, co-workers and everyone in general that has come to know Mr. Gay. God is taking care of him we do know that.

GaStang22
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GaStang22 03/02/12 - 07:22 pm
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Oh my, what a tragedy. Seeing

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Oh my, what a tragedy. Seeing a man still working hard at that age tells you something about him though we dont even know him and its a shame to lose such a man as a fellow citizen. Condolences to his family. May God Bless you all and help you trying to heal.

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tcowan13 03/02/12 - 11:42 pm
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What A Tragedy.May God Bless

What A Tragedy.May God Bless His Family and help them through this terrible time.God Bless His Family....

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