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Thomson, Georgia Electrocuted Worker Highlights Dangers of the Job

Early in June emergency professionals found a man dead inside the sign of a Love's Gas Station in Thomson, Georgia. When the worker failed to check in, the manager at D&G Outdoor Lighting & Signs, the company responsible for the sign repair, checked the GPS tracker on the company vehicle. After seeing that the truck never left the gas station, he called the station and asked a worker to check the area. The electrician's body was found inside the sign. While research into the case is still under way, initial reports indicate the man was trying to cut a wire while fixing the sign, and was electrocuted 

AFL-CIO reports on rise in workplace fatalities

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations has released a report called, "Death on the Job, The Toll of Neglect, 2018." Among its findings is a rise in workplace fatalities from 4,836 in 2015 to 5,190 in 2016. This comes to 150 employees dying every day due to hazardous working conditions. The report also estimates that there were between 50,000 and 60,000 deaths in Georgia and across the U.S. due to occupational diseases.

Construction deaths down, but more needs to be done

Construction workers in Georgia face many risks while they are on the job, and they have a greater risk of suffering serious injuries or fatalities in workplace accidents. A recent report revealed that construction workplace fatalities decreased by 2 percent in 2017. However, the number of workers who were killed in 2017 was still higher than the numbers in 2013 and 2014.

Blast at chemical facility kills 1 and injures 2 others

Authorities in Georgia have reported than an explosion at an Augusta chemical plant on Sept. 27 claimed the life of one worker and left two others injured. The workplace accident took place at approximately 12.50 p.m. in the vicinity of the Bobby Jones Expressway and Sand Bar Ferry Road in East Augusta. A fire report reveals that first responders arrived at the scene within 10 minutes of the blast, and the chemical company involved said in a statement that work at the facility had been suspended and investigators would be provided with unfettered access to the site.

Struck-by deaths are more prevalent in the construction industry

Construction work in Georgia is often considered to be extremely dangerous, especially for those who work around high-speed vehicles or on platforms. In fact, the construction industry has the highest number of struck-by deaths out of all U.S. industries. The rate of struck-by accidents has been so prevalent that the Occupational and Safety Health Administration was pushed to come up with a plan to prevent these incidents.

Fatal work accident at hay farm under investigation

While the following story happened outside the country, it still has some details that are worth discussing regardless of where it occurred. National boundaries do not prevent work accidents from happening, nor will they save someone from a fatal work accident.

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