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Trevor Wilkie Killed in a Forklift Accident at the University of Georgia Campus Adult Education Center in Athens, Georgia


Athens, Georgia —  Construction worker Trevor Wilkie sustained fatal injuries when he was crushed by a forklift on the University of Georgia campus. The incident occurred Friday morning at the Adult Education Center at 48 Baxter Street.

According to reports, Wilkie, an employee of IMI Construction, was working on a steam line project on campus when a fork struck him.

Firefighters arrived within three minutes of the initial call and assisted in transporting Wilkie to the hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

No further details have been provided.

Forklift accidents must stop, and those killed in these preventable crashes deserve justice

In the U.S., a worker dies from a job-related injury approximately every 96 minutes (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022). This alarming frequency of fatalities in our workforce has become so commonplace in our society that they are often accepted as a grim reality in many industries. However, this normalization of death in the workplace is unacceptable. No worker should leave home each day only to never return due to a fatal workplace accident. Forklift accidents are entirely preventable with proper safety.  Employers have a significant responsibility to take meaningful action to prevent such tragedies.

One of the employers’ primary duties is to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for all employees. This means conducting thorough inspections, taking necessary precautions to ensure safety measures are in place and effective, and enforcing robust safety programs to prevent potential hazards. Was this followed here? What happened here to cause this accident? Was the forklift operator provided proper training and safety procedures for operating such vehicles? One of the potential causes of such accidents could be a lack of training or improper training of workers required to operate forklift trucks.

When a worker dies, their family is left to cope with emotional, mental, and financial challenges. They not only face the heartbreak of losing a loved one but also must deal with the economic impact of losing a key or primary provider. This is not fair.

My hope is that the family receives answers and justice if any wrongdoing is discovered.

 

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The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.

 

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