Two Deadly Atlanta Area Forklift Accidents This Month
According to wsbtv.com, a 40-year-old Atlanta man was killed as a result of an Austell forklift accident Thursday.
Officers from Austell found a deceased Calvin Carter under a forklift at a business located in the 3000 block of Humphries Hill Road. It appears after an initial investigation by Cobb detectives, that the forklift was elevated by jacks when it fell as Carter was working on it. Carter was employed by Caraustar.
Police are asking anyone with information to contact the Cobb County Police at 770-499-3945.
In a separate incident earlier this month, a 35-year-old man died when a forklift fell on him at the Owens Corning facility at the 8000 block of McLarin Road.
According to Fulton County police, the man was not wearing a seatbelt when the forklift he was using to move products tilted over. He fell out of the forklift and it fell on top of him, striking his head. The man died at the scene. The man was a temporary worker at Owens Corning.
In Georgia, workers compensation is available to most workers. As long as your employer has coverage, if you are hurt on the job, you can seek medical treatment free of charge as long as you see an approved doctor. If you are taken off of work for an extended period of time, you are also eligible to receive reimbursement for lost wages.
Death benefits are available to the families of deceased employees through an employer’s workers compensation policy. This includes a percentage of the employee’s wages and a burial allowance.
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