Worker Killed in Demolition Collapse at Georgia Paper Mill

June 14, 2018

Fire officials say a worker is dead after he was pinned beneath falling debris while doing demolition work at a Georgia paper mill.

Savannah fire department spokeswoman Jenel Few says a boiler platform collapsed Tuesday morning at the mill owned by International Paper as a demolition crew was cutting through pipes to remove the structure. She told news outlets that a man working on a manlift was trapped beneath a mass of fallen boiler pipes.

Few said a rescue team of firefighters cleared a path to the worker, but found him dead.

International Paper identified the man as a contract worker named Juan Medina. Company spokeswoman Karen Bogans said Memphis, Tenn., based International Paper is working with authorities to determine what caused the collapse.

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