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Atlanta Workers Killed in Heavy Machinery Accident

According to an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on ajc.com, two Atlanta workmen were killed when a piece of heavy machinery fell over.

Rigoberto Lopez, 29, of Marietta, and Karlos Turner, 42, of Dallas, died after an 80-foot lift fell over on Dallas Street off the 500 block of Glen Iris. The men were transported to a local hospital, where they both died. According to the Fulton County medical Examiner’s Office, the men died from the fall.

At the time of the incident, the men were working on the Amli Old 4th Ward Apartment Homes. According to the AJC, the lift became stuck and when the workers attempted to move the equipment, it fell to the ground, a concrete walkway.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr. Lopez and Mr. Turner after this tragic accident.

Workers’ compensation is an insurance benefit meant to protect workers and their families in the event of a work-place injury and can help cover medical expenses incurred from the injuries.

Work injuries should be reported immediately to your employer, as waiting longer than thirty days could cause you to lose benefits you may have had the opportunity to obtain. It is important to follow the procedures your company has in place. You can refer to your Human Resources Department employee handbook to acquaint yourself with your company’s policies and procedures or talk to your manager.

Ty Wilson is an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney who dedicates himself to helping the injured and the families of the injured to understand their rights under Georgia Workers’ Compensation. He has written several Special Reports that he offers to the public free of charge. Call 1-888-689-5224 to order the reports or to speak to an experienced Georgia Workers Compensation attorney.

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