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A fatal accident at the Claude Howard Lumber Mill reportedly claimed the life of 32-year-old Salvador Hernandez Monday, October 27, 2014.

According to WTOC News, Mr. Hernandez was working on a piece of equipment at the Claude Howard Lumber Mill, off Gentilly Road, when the machine he was attempting to repair fatally pinned him.

The U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is now investigating the tragic accident. OSHA warns, “Working in a sawmill is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. The equipment poses numerous hazards. Massive weights and falling, rolling, and/or sliding logs can be very dangerous….Workers have a right to safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers.”

Our Legal Take

Advocates for employee rights at The Murray Law Firm are following the accident closely and question whether a fatal safety lapse or catastrophic equipment malfunction at the lumber mill may have contributed to this tragedy.

When was a safety inspection last performed on the lumber mill machinery? Were all required safety guards and emergency stops in place to protect employees handling the machine and, if so, how did these safety measures fail? Was the accident a result of an equipment malfunction or a failed safety guard?

Mr. Hernandez reportedly climbed onto the equipment while attempting to repair it. What safety precautions and training were provided by the lumber mill to protect employees performing such repairs? How did these safety precautions fail?

As Salvador Hernandez was working at the time of his death, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law. Additional claims may also be filed against the equipment manufacturer, should a mechanical malfunction or safety guard failure have contributed to this tragedy. Claims of this magnitude will serve as a grave reminder to the Claude Howard Lumber Mill and all Georgia lumber mills on the need to make employee safety their first priority. By demanding companies implement proper safety precautions, equipment, inspections, and training, many other lives may be spared.

Photographs and a thorough, unbiased inspection of the facility will need to be performed on the Hernandez family’s behalf without delay to ensure all evidence is preserved and their best interests are protected. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure than protecting victims and their families. As such, having an experienced workers’ compensation firm to handle such negotiations can often mean the difference of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims and families devastated by catastrophic work accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 912.385.9690. Consultations are free and confidential.

 

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OSHA is reportedly investigating the Tuesday afternoon, October 7, 2014, death of Kia plant employee John Dunnivant in West Point, GA.

According to the Ledger-Enquirer, Troup County authorities responded to a fatal accident at the Kia assembly plant shortly after 11:00am Tuesday morning. 57-year-old John Dunnivant apparently perished at the scene.

OSHA is reportedly investigating the accident and details have not yet been released.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are following the OSHA investigation closely and question whether a facility safety lapse or equipment malfunction may have contributed to this tragedy.

Was the accident a result of a catastrophic equipment malfunction?

What emergency safety precautions were in place to protect employees at the time of the accident and how did these precautions fail?

By law, as Mr. Dunnivant was apparently working at the time of this tragedy, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits. Additional claims may also be filed should a fatal equipment malfunction have contributed to this tragedy. Claims of this magnitude will demand Kia reevaluate safety protocols, training and equipment.

The Dunnivant family should retain an experienced workers’ compensation firm without delay to ensure all evidence, such as broken or faulty equipment, is preserved and their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect families devastated by catastrophic work accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 706.494.2800. Consultations are free and confidential.

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A construction crew member was reportedly struck and killed by a truck in an I-20 construction zone in Rockdale County Saturday evening, September 27, 2014.

According to The Covington News, a construction crew was working at mileage marker 84 along the westbound side of I-20 in Rockdale County, just after 9:30pm Satuday. One crew member was apparently walking south in the construction zone when he was struck by the back of a dump truck and trapped beneath the undercarriage. Tragically, he perished at the scene.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating how the accident occurred and do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors in the accident.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are following the tragic accident closely. As the victim was working at the time of his death, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law. Additional claims may also be filed with the owner, manufacturer and operator of the dump truck, should an equipment malfunction or negligence have contributed to the accident.

Of course, legal proceedings are of little consequence to a grieving family, however, claims of this magnitude will most importantly demand the construction and trucking companies involved will reevaluate construction zone safety procedures. By demanding proper safety equipment, such as rear backup cameras and audio signals on construction vehicles, many other lives may be spared.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of catastrophic work accidents and their families. We offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information is encouraged to contact us at 404.8421600. Consultations are free and confidential.