Georgia man killed in forklift accident after gun safe falls on him

MACON, Ga. — A Georgia man was killed Thursday when he became pinned between the forklift he was driving and a gun safe he was transporting, authorities said.

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David Butler, 55, of Macon, died at the Tractor Supply Company distribution center west of Interstate 75 near Macon, The Macon Telegraph reported. Butler was pronounced dead at the scene after co-workers found him at around 9:30 a.m. EDT.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones told the newspaper that Butler was trapped between a gun safe and forklift.

“The gentleman was moving the gun safe with the forklift, got off the forklift, looked like he was trying to adjust the safe. It fell and pinned him,” Jones said, according to WSB-TV.

Representatives for Tractor Supply said the company, which operates retail stores that sell products to recreational farmers and ranchers, pet owners, and landowners, said they were “deeply saddened” and was “fully cooperating with local authorities.”

“We are deeply saddened by this tragic situation and our hearts go out to the deceased team member, their families, loved ones and other team members,” the representatives said in a statement to WXGA-TV. “The safety and security of our team members is the top priority for Tractor Supply. We work hard to ensure that our workplace has the training, protocols and systems in place to keep our team members safe. We will continue to support and assist the family impacted as well as our team members in every way possible as they begin to recover from today’s terrible situation.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, WMAZ-TV reported.

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