MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 8, 2012

Man who died in G-P accident identified

Clint Woods had two children, was ‘terrific guy’

By Wendy Burton
Phoenix Staff Writer

— A Muskogee man who died at Georgia-Pacific on Wednesday was described as a “terrific guy,” said former co-workers.

Clint Woods, 33, was an electrical contractor who was subcontracted through Industrial Controls of Oklahoma.

He died in an accident about 11 a.m. Wednesday. An official cause of death has not been released.

Woods was married with two children, a daughter and a stepson. He attended Fort Gibson High School.

Mike Huckaby, owner of ICO, said he didn’t know Woods personally.

But Huckaby said he’s been receiving many calls since Wednesday about Woods, many from other contractors who have worked with Woods and said he was a terrific guy who will be missed terribly.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an official investigation into Woods’ death, said OSHA spokesman Juan Rodriguez.

Woods’ death is the first fatal accident for Georgia-Pacific since it bought the paper plant in 2000, said Julie Vandewater, public relations officer.

There were two deaths caused by industrial accidents at the paper mill when it was Fort Howard Company, according to newspaper archives and court documents.

Janet Ingold of Muskogee died in an industrial accident in 1982 when the plant was Fort Howard, according to Phoenix archives. Ingold was 30 years old with an infant son at the time of her death.

Dale Edward Tyner, an employee of a construction contractor, was electrocuted while working on a crane while Fort Howard was being built in 1978.

Reach Wendy Burton at (918) 684-2926 or wburton@muskogeephoenix.com.