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Power Lines at Whelchel Road and GA 400

Power Lines at Whelchel Road and GA 400

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OSHA is reportedly investigating the Sawnee EMC tree trimming accident, which claimed the life of 27-year-old Brian Johnson Wednesday, January 21, 2015.

According to the AJC, Mr. Johnson was part of a Sawnee EMC power line crew clearing trees along GA 400 at Whelchel Road, around 2:30pm Wednesday. The crew was apparently clearing a right of way for power lines when one of the trees fell, fatally striking Mr. Johnson.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is now investigating, per media reports.

Our Legal Take

OSHA has released a hazard bulletin on the dangers of tree care work, specifically noting the perils of falling branches and the need for employers to provide proper site inspection, equipment and employee training prior to allowing clearing operations.

Per OSHA guidelines, did Suwanee EMC establish and mark drop zones prior to tree trimming? Were all employees trained on procedures for entering these drop zones? Were ground crews instructed to remain a distance of at least two times the height of a tree during felling operations? Was a retreat path established to escape falling trees?

Was the accident a result of a catastrophic equipment malfunction? When was the equipment last inspected? 

Should an equipment malfunction have contributed to this tragedy, the family of Brian Johnson may elect to file civil claims against the manufacturer. Additionally, as Mr. Johnson was working at the time of his death, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law. Claims of this magnitude will, most importantly, serve to highlight the perils of this industry and call on Suwanee EMC and other power companies to reevaluate employee safety standards. Perhaps, through such claims, many other lives may be spared.

As employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their financial exposure than providing for victims and their families, it is imperative the Johnson family retain an experienced workers compensation attorney without delay. Photographs and an inspection of the scene and all involved equipment will need to be performed before any evidence is repaired, damaged or destroyed.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect victims of catastrophic workplace accidents and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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An Austell Dollar General employee was reportedly shot and injured during a robbery Monday night, October 3, 2014.

According to The Atlanta Crime Examiner, an armed assailant entered the Dollar General store at 710 Six Flags Drive around 7:00pm Monday evening. The suspect allegedly fired his gun toward an employee at the cash register and ordered him to open the safe. The gunman then reportedly fired a second round when the employee had trouble opening the safe.

Per media reports, the assailant fled the scene with the cash. The store employee was treated at Wellstar Kennetone Hospital for gunshot wounds.

Our Legal Take

As police continue their search for a suspect, advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are following this horrific shooting closely. They believe, as the victim was working at the time of the assault, he is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia law.

Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies are often more concerned with limiting their own financial exposure and returning employees to work quickly than the long-term medical care and needs of employees. The victim should retain an experienced workers’ compensation law firm without delay to handle negotiation of this complex claim and ensure their best interests are protected.

The Murray Law Firm has extensive experience in protecting victims of workplace violence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking legal representation or further information is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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Crime Map of Dollar General Neighborhood June - August 2014 (Atlanta Police Department)

Atlanta Police Department Crime Map of Big Brother 2 Food Mart Neighborhood June – August 2014

Local News Update

An arrest has been made in the shooting of Atlanta store clerk, Ajit Kumar Dwivedi, killed August 25, 2014.

According to the Henry Daily Herald, Fulton County Police have charged a suspect with murder, armed robbery and possession of a firearm in the shooting death of Ajit Kumar Dwivedi at the Big Brother 2 Food Mart on Norwood Road in southeast Atlanta. Mr. Dwivedi was fatally shot shortly after midnight on August 25, 2014.

The alleged gunman was apparently released from prison only three months prior to the shooting and was on parole at the time of the murder, per media reports. He is now in police custody.

Our Legal Take

Advocates for workers’ rights at The Murray Law Firm are relieved a suspect has finally been captured in this tragedy, but question what security measures were in place at the Big Brother 2 Food Mart to protect employees from such violence.

Atlanta Police Department crime maps of the Big Brother 2 Food Mart neighborhood reveal a staggering history of assaults, robberies, homicides and burglaries in the two months leading up to the murder of Mr. Dwivedi. What security precautions, such as bars, metal detectors and surveillance cameras, were in place to protect employees from such violence at the time of the fatal shooting?

As Mr. Dwivedi was working at the time of the shooting, his family is almost certainly entitled to substantial workers’ compensation benefits per Georgia Law. Additional claims may also be filed should the store owner have failed to provide adequate protection for employees and patrons. Claims of this magnitude, potentially in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, will demand the Big Brother 2 Food Mart reevaluate security measures and make employee safety their first priority.

The Murray Law Firm works tirelessly to protect families devastated by workplace violence and we offer our legal expertise, if needed. Anyone seeking further information or legal representation is encouraged to contact us at 404.842.1600. Consultations are free and confidential.

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