Commerce, GA (November 26, 2020) – A construction worker at the SK Battery plant was pronounced dead on Monday morning and another worker is still in serious condition after an accident that occurred at the plant on November 4.
Per reports from the Jackson County Police Department, the worker was declared dead after a three-story fall that also seriously injured the second worker.
The accident took place at the plant’s Formation Building on November 4. An eyewitness said that the first worker fell through a hole in an air vent 46 feet above the ground and landed on top of a female worker standing below the area.
Jackson County deputy coroner Jeff Rogers said the 34-year-old Augusta man was on life support until this weekend when medical authorities declared that he was brain dead.
SK Battery America plans to have their multi-billion dollar plant up and running by next year, but workers and eyewitnesses to the accident have commented that the company is sacrificing sub-contractor safety.
The fatal accident on November 4 has followed other serious accidents at the plant. Authorities say that one worker had to be hospitalized after he fell through a ceiling, and another worker fell through a roof but did not sustain serious injuries after he was saved by his safety harness.
Deputy coroner Rogers said that the police investigation will determine whether the man who died followed safety procedures.
OSHA said that it is investigating the fatal accident and visited the SK job site the day after the accident occurred, a planned visit for the company.
The worker who was hit by the deceased victim who fell remains in critical condition at an area medical center, though Rogers says she’s expected to survive.
No further details have been released about the cause of the accident but the investigation continues.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the deceased victim at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim in hopes of a full recovery.
Fatal Workplace Accidents in Georgia
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