Paramedics then put the woman on a stretcher and took her to Wellstar North Fulton Hospital. She underwent surgery Tuesday and remained stable as of Saturday.
The report did not indicate how the accident happened.
An employee told officers he was walking to the receiving room in the back of the store when he heard a horn honking and the victim yelling for help. The coworker said he found the woman in the back area alone. He tried to move the forklift away from the compactor, but realized the victim couldn’t move.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun an investigation into the incident, an OSHA official confirmed Friday.
“We’re grateful that our associate is receiving care and recovering,” Home Depot spokeswoman Margaret Smith said.