Alyssa Drinkard Killed In Conveyor Belt Accident At Club Car Plant

Conveyor Belt Accident

Columbia County Officials Investigating Fatal Industrial Accident That Killed Alyssa Drinkard After She Became Entangled In a Conveyor Belt At Club Car Plant

Conveyor Belt Accident COLUMBIA COUNTY, GEORGIA (March 14, 2024) – A 21-year-old woman identified as Alyssa Drinkard tragically died in a Columbia County conveyor belt accident at a Club Car plant.

Columbia County officials are saying that the incident took place around 9:45 p.m. on Friday. Alyssa Drinkard allegedly dropped an AirPod under a conveyor belt.

She subsequently became entangled in the conveyor belt while attempting to retrieve it. The woman was not able to free herself after becoming entrapped.

Workers eventually hit the emergency off switch and called 911 before taking apart the machine. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.

First responders were able to pull her from the machinery. She was not breathing but still had a pulse after being removed. Alyssa Drinkard was transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Despite life-saving measures, she later died at the hospital. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Columbia County Industrial Accidents

Thousands of workers are killed or seriously injured every year in the United States. Many of these accidents involve machinery. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Fatalities due to contact with objects and equipment increased 4.7 percent from 705 fatalities in 2021 to 738 in 2022. This is the highest count for this event category since 2018. Machinery was the source of 199 fatalities within this category.” Companies should take a number of measures in order to prevent workers from being injured or killed on the job.

  • Training and Education: All workers should be given thorough training on how to safely use and maintain the machinery they will operate.
  • Safety Procedures: Businesses should develop and implement comprehensive safety procedures related to operating heavy machinery.
  • Supervision and Monitoring: All companies should adequately supervise workers operating heavy machinery.

There are a number of laws designed to protect workers in Georgia. If a worker is injured on the job, they or their family will typically have recourse through the worker’s compensation system. Worker’s compensation operates off of a no-fault insurance scheme in Georgia. When a worker is injured, they will typically have access to worker’s compensation, regardless of who was at fault. The family of a worker who died may also be able to recover through a third-party liability claim.

A third-party liability claim may be possible when an entity separate from a worker’s employer contributes to an accident. This may include the company that manufactures machinery at a business. Companies have a legal obligation to create products that are reasonably safe. They must also warn about the non-obvious dangers associated with the use of their products. If a company creates a piece of machinery that is inherently dangerous, this could form the basis of a strict liability claim.

Consider, for example, Velasco v. Eagle- stone Inc., et al. A 50-year-old woman was seriously injured after her right hand suddenly became entrapped in an industrial conveyor machine. Attorneys for the plaintiff alleged the conveyor belt lacked key safety features, including guards or sensors to limit exposed pinch point areas. Eagle- stone Inc, which manufactures the conveyor belt, eventually settled the case. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any conveyor belt accident.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • All medical records related to the accident should be preserved.
  • The police report for the incident should be retrieved.
  • The conveyor belt involved in the accident should be preserved as evidence.
  • An experienced product liability attorney should be contacted.

It can be hard to know where to begin after any workplace accident. But it is important that accident victims and their families understand that they do have rights. If a worker is killed by a dangerous piece of machinery, their family may be able to seek some measure of justice through a wrongful death claim. A product liability attorney can examine the unique facts of your case free of charge and get you the answers that you deserve about what may have caused any accident.

Investigating Columbia County Conveyor Belt Accidents

We at The Butler Kahn Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alyssa Drinkard. This was an absolute tragedy that needs to be accounted for. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to OSHA. There are many questions that remain unanswered. Did the conveyor belt involved in this accident have guards? Did it have sensors? Was the emergency shut-off switch in working order? It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent this from happening again.

Do you need more information about a workplace accident in Georgia? Our team of Atlanta product liability lawyers is here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that workers are aware of their rights and that companies are following safety requirements. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 678-940-1444.

Jeb Butler
Jeb Butler’s career as a Georgia trial lawyer has led to a $150 million verdict in a product liability case against Chrysler for a dangerous vehicle design that caused the death of a child, a $45 million settlement for a young man who permanently lost the ability to walk and talk, and numerous other verdicts and settlements, many of which are confidential at the defendant’s insistence. Jeb has worked on several cases that led to systemic changes and improvements in public safety. He has been repeatedly recognized as a Georgia SuperLawyer and ranks among Georgia’s legal elite. Jeb graduated in the top 10% of his class at UGA Law, argued on the National Moot Court team, and published in the Law Review. He is the founding partner of Butler Kahn law firm. Connect with me on LinkedIn

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