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OSHA list details how Georgians die on the job


You rarely hear about most of them.

A 2011 death made the news this Labor Day week. That's because a Fulton County jury awarded $29 million to the family of a 19-year-old burned to death while doing his job at Newell Recycling in East Point. The jury wanted to punish the company for  what it saw as unsafe practices by the company, but jurors themselves won't know how Erik Hilario's case winds up. That's because after the verdict, the scrap metal company and the family reached a confidential settlement, with the company agreeing not to appeal.

In recognition of labor Day week, here are the Georgia workplace deaths reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration so far this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.


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Lois Norder is Senior Editor for Investigations in the newsroom at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.