Fatal Construction Accident Investigated by OSHA

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor will mount an investigation into the circumstances that led to the death of 45-year-old Jeffery Lee McGhee. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, McGhee was operating heavy machinery in a Forsyth County development in early February when the machine hit a tree, killing the operator on impact. The body was taken to the Forsyth County coroner and then sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for an autopsy.

Allegedly, McGhee was using a Bobcat skid-steer loader on a steep incline behind a home being constructed when the loader hit a tree. It is believed that he backed down the incline before the tree crushed him and the cab of the machinery. The home under construction was off James Burgess Road on Bramble Bush Way in Suwanee at the Turnberry neighborhood in the southeastern part of Forsyth County. The fire department showed up at the scene but was able to do nothing, as it was deemed an “obvious fatality.”

McGhee worked for John P. Wood Grading and Hauling and is survived by his 44-year-old wife and 24-year-old son. His wife Ann commented that “He was an extremely experienced operator. Even the guys he worked with said he was one of the best.” He was described as an avid hunter, a socialite, and a dedicated father, never missing even one game when his son played baseball at Georgia Perimeter College.

Workplace and construction accidents can be very serious, leading to debilitating injuries or death that could jeopardize long-term financial stability for the victim and his or her family. Financial compensation can never make up for significant injuries sustained or replace the life of a loved one, but it can reduce the financial pressures that often arise after a catastrophic accident. For this reason, do not hesitate to contact an Atlanta construction accident lawyer to see if you could be eligible to receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Contact us today.