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Employee Crushed to Death at Forsyth County Antiques Market

Employee Crushed to Death at Forsyth County Antiques Market

A Forsyth County antiques market employee was crushed to death last week when a piece of machinery fell on him. 38-year-old Jose Rodriguez-Duarte, who worked at Lakewood 400 Antiques Market in Cumming, Georgia, died after a large metal pill presser machine fell on him.

No one saw the machine fall, according to Barbara Spiva. She and her husband own the antique market. Rodriguez-Duarte was found quickly and one bystander even performed CPR, but Rodriguez-Duarte later died at North Fulton Hospital.

Rodriguez-Duarte was originally from Mexico, and had been living in the U.S. For 15 years. He lived in Buford, and had worked for the Spivas for the past 9 years.

Forsyth County deputy coroner Nickie Stockel told local news outlets that the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of the accident.

In these situations, in can be difficult to determine how a fatal accident took place. Is the antiques market responsible for the loss of Jose Rodriguez-Duarte’s life? How was the machine situated on the surface from which it fell? Was it stable? Did Mr. Rodriguez-Duarte’s actions cause the machine to fall, and even if they did, could this incident have been prevented somehow by the store owners? Hopefully the investigation led by OSHA will be able to shed some light on exactly what happened, and determine if the business owners need to take additional safety measures to make sure this type of tragic accident doesn’t happen again.

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