Forklift kills worker at Burris Logistics

Legal news for Virginia construction accident attorneys. A worker was killed after the forklift overturned and pinned the man.

Occupational Health and Safety Administration alerts Virginia construction accident lawyers- A worker was killed by a forklift at Burris Logistics.

Staunton, VA—A 27-year-old Greenville man was killed after he was pinned underneath a forklift at Burris Logistics. The tragic workplace accident occurred on Friday morning, November 13, 2009 on Mount Torrey Road in Lyndhurst, as reported by the Waynesboro News Virginian.

Matt Megginson, 27, of Greenville reportedly lost control of a standup forklift at Burris Logistics, when it overturned and pinned the man underneath the heavy machine. Augusta County rescue teams rushed to the scene of the accident and began to administer first aid. The Waynesboro Fire Department also responded to the scene. Medical professionals pronounced Megginson dead at the scene after his injuries proved fatal. It has not been determined what caused the forklift to loose control and overturn. The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry investigators are conducting a full investigation into the fatal accident. Officials from the federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are also expected to investigate.

Burris Logistics is reportedly a food distribution company that does business in refrigerated warehouses and frozen food transportation. OSHA reported that 22 percent of the 1,021 forklift-related deaths that have occurred over the past 14 years were by overturned machinery.

Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Virginia construction accident lawyers.