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Georgia mill worker falls into Chattahoochee River

A worker at a Georgia mill is recovering after falling into a river behind the facility Wednesday, Sept. 10. The work accident was reported just after 10:30 a.m. at a mill near Helen.

According to reports filed by emergency personnel, an call was placed to report that a man had fallen into the Chattahoochee River. The Helen Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, and upon noting that no other individuals were involved and that the man's injuries did not appear to be severe, they began rescue efforts deliberately. The firefighters rigged a rope to the ladder truck and used a Stokes basket to get the man out of the river safely.

In all, rescue crews took just 45 minutes to remove the man from the water but were also forced to close the entire highway during their efforts. No information on the extent of the worker's injuries was available. Authorities believe the man had been working on replacing wood on the mill's deck when he fell.

When a person is injured while on the job, he or she may require medical treatment that might result in costly bills. In addition, depending on the severity of the injuries, the worker may be unable to continue to earn a wage for a time, which can make his or her financial situation more precarious. However, most employers are required to hold workers' compensation insurance that provides benefits that offsets that damages an employee may face after an accident.

The filing process an injured worker faces when seeking benefits can be complicated, and failing to fill out paperwork correctly may result in a denial of payouts. In an effort to avoid this, an injured employee might discuss his or her case with an attorney who is familiar with workers' compensation requirements and petitions.

Source: AccessNorthGa.com, "Worker rescued after fall into river near Nora Mill", Rob Moore, September 10, 2014

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