• July 12, 2022

Thi Ngoc Hoang Killed in Work Accident at Cottrell Inc. in Gainesville, GA

Gainesville, GA — July 8, 2022, 52-year-old Cottrell Inc. employee Thi Ngoc Hoang was killed by a semi-truck at a company site in Hall County.

According to reports the incident happened around 10:30 a.m. at Cottrell Trailers on Candler Road. Preliminary investigation suggests company employees were pushing a semi-truck out of a bay when Hoang's foot became stuck underneath one of its wheels. He was unable to get free and was run over by the truck.

Responders pronounced Hoang dead at the scene.

OSHA continues to investigate the circumstances of the accident. No charges have been filed.

No further information is available at this time.

Commentary on Thi Hoang Accident in Gainesville

I see accidents like this far too often. A hard worker loses his life on the job, workers' comp provides some limited benefits to his loved ones, OSHA officials look into things and may issue some fines to his employer, and no one seems to follow up properly on exactly what happened and why it wasn't prevented.

It's entirely possible steps will be taken to make things right here, but I can't help but feel some concern that no one will really give this incident the full attention it deserves. Most victims' families who call the firm want answers more than anything else. Depending on what those answers reveal, they may also want accountability from whoever's responsible for their terrible loss.

Police and OSHA aren't always able to help them with either. That's why I always say it's important have independent investigators look more closely at what happened and see that those responsible face the appropriate consequences. It's not too late to ensure that happens here.

Thi Ngoc Hoang Killed in Work Accident at Cottrell Inc. in Gainesville, GA
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