Workers ejected from boom lift in deadly construction accident

Workers ejected from boom lift in deadly construction accident

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A construction accident was reported at the Wellington Point Apartments near Smyrna. (Credit: Channel 2 Action News)
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  • They were working on a construction project at a Cobb apartment complex.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident. 
  • One was critically injured in the accident.

One person died and another was critically injured in a construction accident at a Cobb County apartment complex, a police spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The incident was reported about 2:20 p.m. Tuesday at the Wellington Point Apartments on Maner Terrace.

Derrick Douglas, 41, was in the bucket of a boom lift machine when the machine tipped over, Cobb police Officer Alicia Chilton said. Douglas, who was working on a construction project at the apartment complex at the time of the accident, was ejected from the bucket along with a coworker.

They were taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Chilton said. Douglas was pronounced dead. The other worker, whose name was not released, was listed in critical condition, she said. 

“The Cobb County Police Department’s Crimes Against Persons Unit responded to the scene and found no criminal activity,” Chilton said.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident. 

No other details were released.

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