A Georgia Pacific employee was killed in an accident at the Early County mill last week, and officials with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are investigating the cause of the workplace fatality. Workplace injuries can result in costly medical bills and a considerable financial burden for victims and their families, especially if the injury prevents the employee from returning to work. If you have suffered serious injuries on the job in Georgia, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal work-related accident anywhere in the state, contact our workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak for legal help. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and medical expenses, which our reputable attorneys can help you pursue.
Employee Fatalities at Georgia Pacific
Shannon Jones, 39, was killed on the evening of October 16, in a work-related accident at the Georgia Pacific mill in Cedar Springs, Georgia. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only worker fatality to take place at the Georgia Pacific plant. Back in 2006, a steam pipe combusted and caused a mill worker to fall from a high-level catwalk to his death. Another incident took place in 2003, when an employee fell into paper-shredding machinery while cleaning it. In both cases, Georgia Pacific was fined by OSHA more than $60,000 for the worker deaths.
OSHA Investigating Cause of Accident
“Due to the investigation, which is customary procedure in this type of situation, we have no other details to share at this point,” said a spokesperson for the Georgia mill in regards to the workplace fatality. “Our company and our employees remain committed to working safely and will work with OSHA’s team to determine all the facts related to this very unfortunate incident.” Although officials do not suspect foul play, an OSHA investigation will help determine the cause of the on-the-job accident. “We are investigating this fatality and our investigation could take up to six months,” said Robert Vazzi, the Savannah area director for OSHA.
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Ensuring a safe work environment on the job site each and every day is critical, and federal regulations established by OSHA were designed to help employers do just that. Unfortunately, there are far too many employers in Georgia and throughout the United States who put the safety of workers at unnecessary risk, often by cutting corners to save time or money. If you have been seriously injured in a workplace accident in Atlanta, Marietta, or elsewhere in Georgia, consult our knowledgeable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak today. With our lawyers on your side, you may be able to seek fair and timely reimbursement for your on-the-job injuries and the resulting medical bills.