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Bridge Contractor Investigated for Hiring Illegal Immigrants

An illegal immigrant worker had a role in the first fatal accident this year on the Henley Bridge reconstruction project, the victim in a second fatal accident may have been here illegally, and a federal investigation is under way to determine if contractor Britton Bridge LLC knowingly hired illegal immigrants, according to state documents.
More from the News Sentinel story:
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is working with the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, but the federal agency “will take the lead investigation in this matter,” state Labor Commissioner Karla Davis said in a June 10 memo.
“They have subpoenaed the work records of Britton Bridge,” she added in the memo to Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer.
Britton Bridge spokesman John Van Mol said the company has a policy of hiring only U.S. citizens or immigrants who have proper work documentation, but may have been duped by quality bogus documents. He said the firm has voluntarily suspended bidding on any new projects until it can enter a more effective employment eligibility verification system.

TDOT Halts All Work Statewide By Contractor after Knoxville Death

Transportation officials on Wednesday halted all bridge work being handled across the state by Britton Bridge LLC and its affiliates pending a comprehensive safety review after the contractor suffered a second worker’s death in four months on the Henley Bridge project, reports the News Sentinel.
Police identified Solin Estrada-Jimenez of Chattanooga as the Britton Bridge employee who was struck on the head and killed by a falling piece of concrete at the downtown Knoxville construction site Tuesday afternoon.
Tennessee Department of Transportation’s suspension order against Britton Bridge and its affiliate, Mountain States Contractors LLC, includes the $24.7 million Henley Bridge renovation and eight other bridge projects totaling more than $47 million in contracts statewide, according to TDOT spokesman Mark Nagi.
“We want to conduct a thorough assessment of all safety measures in place on these projects to ensure the welfare of the other employees,” Tennessee Transportation Commissioner John Schroer said in a press statement.
The review, which will look at all of the company’s work currently under state contract, will be conducted by TDOT staff and is likely to take about a week, he said.