A male sub-contractor was killed in a fatal GA construction accident after falling from a hydraulic lift at an Atlanta high school. According to a news report in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the fatal falling accident occurred at Benjamin E. Mays High School in southwest Atlanta. Officials say the victim was a sub-contractor involved in the expansion of the school. He fell approximately 20 feet from the hydraulic lift and suffered fatal injuries. It is unclear how or why the accident occurred. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the incident.
There are many types of lifts that are used at Atlanta construction sites. Construction contractors often have to work from elevation by using elevating work platforms, boom-supported elevating work platforms, hydraulic lifts, and scissor lifts. These machines can be extremely useful, but they are also very dangerous.
There are a number of reasons why platforms and lifts are dangerous. It is common for workers to suffer serious or fatal electrical burns if the lift comes into contact with power lines. Lifts are also prone to tipping over when used on uneven surfaces or if they have manufacturing defects. Workers are also in constant danger of falling and suffering a devastating injury.
The reputed Atlanta construction accident injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., help the families of fatally injured workers get fair compensation for their losses from negligent equipment or machinery manufacturers and/or other negligent third parties. If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost someone in a Georgia construction accident caused by a defective product or negligence on the part of a third party, please contact us at (404) 995-3955 for a free and comprehensive consultation.