After the 2.7 magnitude earthquake centered in Dalton last week, employees at a manufacturing plant did not think much of the rumbling in their office on Nov. 21.
Employees from the company’s Human Resources Department were meeting with the Director of Community Relations for the United Way of Northwest Georgia, when they heard a “big boom,” the United Way representative told the Dalton Citizen.
But the booms and rumbles weren’t coming from the ground – they were coming from inside the building.
Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier told Channel 3 that the ceiling had collapsed in the building’s break room, causing a retaining wall to collapse as well.
More than 100 plant employees were evacuated, but Frazier told the Citizen that nobody had been hurt and everybody had been accounted for after the incident.
“People left the building in an orderly fashion as we acted with safety as our top priority,” the manufacturer’s Senior Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Communication stated in a press release.
The company returned to business as usual after the building had been inspected, but this isn’t the first time an occupational safety hazard has put employees in the area at risk.
On Aug. 25, an employee at a Chattanooga factory endured a more serious on-the-job accident when her foot was caught in one of the machines during manufacturing operations. The company would not disclose the employee’s name or the cause of the accident. However, a company spokesman did reveal that the worker had suffered a serious but not life threatening injury.
“Team member safety is our very first priority and we are deeply concerned about our colleague who was injured,” he said in a statement picked up by the Times Free Press and other media outlets.
“[Company] emergency personnel responded immediately and medical attention was given and we are reconstructing the series of events that lead to this accident.”
If your safety has been put at risk while on the job in Chattanooga, Tullahoma, Cleveland, Dalton or anywhere in the region, call the accident attorneys at McMahan Law Firm today.
“Workers’ compensation laws are tough,” says attorney Brett Burks of The Insiders at the McMahan Law Firm. “Businesses have pushed the legislature to change the laws and make restrictions, but an experienced trial lawyer who handles workers’ comp knows how to get you the most for your case. I know how to do that.”
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