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October 2013 Archives

Work accident kills Georgia Pacific Cedar Springs mill employee

A worker at the Georgia Pacific Cedar Springs mill died from injuries she sustained during an accident at the mill Oct 16. The only detail released by the mill's public affairs manager about the workplace injury and death was that the injured worker was a 39-year-old woman. The manager wen on to say that no further information would be provided while an investigation into the possible cause of the fatal accident was under way. Containerboard is produced at the Early County mill.

Pepper-spraying officer on video gets workers' compensation

Georgia readers may remember the University of California police officer who was filmed pepper-spraying a group of protesters in 2011 in a video that later went viral on the internet. He claimed that he had to stop working due to anxiety and depression after the video was released, and a judge recently agreed, awarding the man $38,059 in a workers' compensation case against the school. The officer reportedly suffered the emotional pain due to death threats against him and his family following the worldwide outrage over the officer's actions.

Workplace accidents could affect Georgia employees

For the second time in four months, a worker at the construction site of the new 49ers stadium was killed. According to investigators, the second worker died recently when a bundle of rebar he was unloading fell on top of him. The worker was an employee of a subcontractor working on the stadium, which is scheduled to open in July 2014. The first employee was killed in June when he was struck by a counterweight while working in an elevator shaft.

OSHA finds 17 Georgia Power safety violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, announced on Sept. 27 that they discovered 17 serious safety violations after investigating an industrial accident at Georgia Power's Plant Bowen facility in April. The safety agency added that they have proposed that Georgia Power pay a $119,000 fine.

Worker injured in power line accident

On Sept. 24 at approximately 2:30 p.m., a 35-year-old worker was injured while working on power lines in Port Wentworth. The man was shocked while working on power lines in the woods near Bonnybridge Road as a subcontractor for Georgia Power. The worker is employed by Sumpter Utilities, a company based in South Carolina. It was not stated exactly how the accident occurred, only that a jolt of electricity went through the man.