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Falling Equipment Kills Atlanta Worker

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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A worker at an Atlanta construction site was involved in a fatal accident Friday afternoon.

Reports say that around 5 p.m. Friday (Sept. 15) emergency crews were called to a site in the city’s Midtown neighborhood after reports of construction equipment falling on a worker.

The victim, who died at the scene, was identified by a Fulton County Medical Examiner as Louis Deleon Jr., 20, from Rex, Georgia, and was working for Batson-Cook Construction.

The president of the construction firm, Randy Hall, issued a statement saying that the company is cooperating with all investigations.

"We are incredibly saddened by the loss of our Batson-Cook employee at the Northside Hospital Midtown Medical Office Building project this afternoon. We have extended our deepest sympathies to the employee’s family and are offering our full support and resources to his family," Hall said.

"Safety is one of Batson-Cook's core values and our first priority at all times. We are conducting a full investigation into this tragic incident and are assisting local authorities and OSHA as they conduct their investigations as well."

Concrete Operation

Atlanta police said that it appeared equipment had fallen on the worker from a crane overhead.

When Hall was pressed for further information, he said, "What we do know is that there was an equipment matter related to concrete placing operation and that's all we know at this time."

A spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Region Four office would not confirm Monday afternoon (Sept. 18) whether the agency is investigating, though Hall's statement implied that it is.

Batson-Cook Construction does not have any violations recorded in the past 10 years, according to OSHA’s online database.


Tagged categories: Accidents; Cranes; Fatalities; Good Technical Practice; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; Safety

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (9/19/2017, 11:29 AM)

My condolences to the family of Mr. Deleon. Hopefully the investigation will find out where the safety lapse occurred...being under a suspended load is a major concern as it can lead to this type of tragic event.

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