RUSSELLVILLE, Arkansas — In a story Nov. 17 about a dispute over who employed a worker who was killed at a nuclear power plant, The Associated Press erroneously reported the worker's last name. He was Wade Walters, not Wade Walker.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Employer of man killed in Arkansas nuclear accident disputed
Employer of man killed in Arkansas nuclear accident disputed in commission hearing
RUSSELLVILLE, Arkansas — A dispute has arisen over who was the employer of a worker who was killed and two workers who were injured in a 2013 accident at Arkansas Nuclear One.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that a Workers' Compensation Commission hearing in the case was held Monday. A 2013 lawsuit claims Entergy Corp. was negligent in moving a 1 million-pound turbine generator stator, leading to the death of 24-year-old Wade Walters. Ronnie Francis and Jess Clayton were injured in the accident.
Entergy says that it was the special employer for the three men, who are therefore covered by its workers' compensation policy. Steve Quattlebaum, an attorney representing Entergy, argued that Entergy was both a special employer and a statutory employer because the men performed tasks at the nuclear plant at the direction of an Entergy supervisor.
Sach Oliver, lead attorney representing the workers, presented documentation at the hearing showing that Precision Surveillance Corp. carried workers' compensation insurance for the three men, and the company's workers' compensation policy paid the expenses for Walters' funeral and medical expenses for the injured men. The men worked for Precision, which was contracted to work at the plant.
An attorney for the workers says Entergy cannot prove it was their employer.
A judge ordered a stay in the original lawsuit while the commission determines who employed the three men.