Columbia County worker injured when tree falls on him

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009 12:39 PM
Last updated 6:17 PM
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A Columbia County employee was injured today when a tree fell on him.

Phil McCorkle was cutting down a dead tree as part of a Roads and Bridges crew clearing debris along The Pass following Wednesday wind gusts.

That tree hit another tree, which fell on Mr. McCorkle, said Tim Holloway, the assistant manager of Roads and Bridges.

Mr. McCorkle suffered lacerations to his head, but never lost consciousness, Mr. Holloway said. He was taken to the Medical College of Georgia Hospital.

Mr. Holloway said he has never seen such an accident involving one of his workers.

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FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 01/08/09 - 02:28 pm
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Ouch!

Ouch!

justus4
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justus4 01/08/09 - 03:24 pm
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This worker should be tested
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This worker should be tested for drugs or alcohol. Such accidents are easily preventable with proper training and that, is where the problem exist.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/08/09 - 03:39 pm
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justus4, you have no clue

justus4, you have no clue what you are talking about. This was an accident and no where does it give any indication that drugs or alcohol were a problem. You are the most depressing, ill-informed person who has nothing good to every say. To be honest I'm so tired of reading your garbage on here. How do you know this accident was preventable and that these workers don't already take a drug and alcohol test and had the proper training. Geeez!

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 01/08/09 - 03:57 pm
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Then InChristLove don't read

Then InChristLove don't read them, it seems as if you have let the spirit of disgust and anger attach itself to you, if you haven't learned as a Christian, people of the world will say anything. You may need to go back before God and ask for more deliverance from PEOPLE. You seem to be getting caught up with posters and their comments. Don't you know this is how the unsaved think and or behave.

me too
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me too 01/08/09 - 04:02 pm
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Justus4 would be singing

Justus4 would be singing another tune if the worker was known to be black. Right Justus4?

me too
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me too 01/08/09 - 04:03 pm
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InChristLove - let go and let

InChristLove - let go and let God. We all have our points of view, and most of them differ from each other. You can't let what any us of posts depress you. Keep the faith!

me too
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me too 01/08/09 - 04:05 pm
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I had an employee once that

I had an employee once that was hit by lightning while cleaning a carpet. Freak accident. Company policy was to send him directly to the ER and have him checked out for injury and tested for drugs or alcohol. His drug test came back positive for cocaine. Act of God or just bad luck? Either way, he was out of a job.

double_standard
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double_standard 01/08/09 - 04:15 pm
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If a tree fell in the woods

If a tree fell in the woods who would hear it? I guess we know now.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 01/08/09 - 04:15 pm
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unbelievable.

unbelievable.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 01/08/09 - 04:27 pm
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huhuhuh huhuh ...uhh watch
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huhuhuh huhuh ...uhh watch out for that tree Beavis ...huhuhu.

hossiv
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hossiv 01/08/09 - 04:33 pm
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People, JUSTUS4 is not a real

People, JUSTUS4 is not a real person.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 01/08/09 - 04:43 pm
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Thank you "me too" and you

Thank you "me too" and you have a blessed day. It's just hard when you read such comments as justus4 is always posting. "jackfruitpaper833" please don't start with me today. If only all of us could be as perfect as you. I don't need deliverance or have a spirit of disgust or anger attached to me. I am human with human feelings and me and God will handle it between us, no need for you to pass along advice--thank you very much.

JCB
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JCB 01/08/09 - 04:57 pm
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I spoke with this gentleman

I spoke with this gentleman today. He is just a honest hard working man. For someone to post a bogus statement like this is just plain sad. This is just a freak accident.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 01/08/09 - 04:59 pm
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LOL InChristLove ok, then

LOL InChristLove ok, then stay bound up, but you do need prayer it's evident. When was the last time you spent time QUALITY time with God, in prayer, seeking his face, lamenting and petitioning? You may not think you need prayer, but you do, sometimes we have to pray for ourselves. When you allow posters like Justus even in the slightest make you post a response like you did, you have allowed the devil to use you, yes you are human but you don't have to walk in the flesh. And I am not perfect LOL... Go pray and ask God to help you get past people and comments like these, don't get caught up in this mess online the more your eyes read these ungodly post and the more you allow it to effect you, you will continue to post like you did today at 2:39.

Why ME
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Why ME 01/08/09 - 05:09 pm
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Where are Pam Tucker's

Where are Pam Tucker's comments, I didn't think a day could go by without her 2 cents worth.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 01/08/09 - 05:11 pm
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Oh and what do you mean start

Oh and what do you mean start with you today, I have never started anything with you InChristLove pray more and ask God to drop in your spirit his agape love then your feelings want be in the way. Be ye holy as I am holy, don't allow posters to woe you. I don't think I've ever recalled any of your post where you seemed tart until today, so that tells me you are caught up in what's being said online think about it, did you feel this way before you started posting and reading post? The devil has a way of subtily planting seeds and using people against us to maybe get us off course in one way or another even if it's like your 2:39 post.

SandyShurling
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SandyShurling 01/08/09 - 05:39 pm
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I will have you know that is

I will have you know that is my brother you are talking about. He does not need to be tested for drugs or alcohol. He is an average guy trying to make a living. Things like this could happen to anyone including you. What you should be saying is thank god he survived this accident and hopes that he will be well soon.

stadry
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stadry 01/08/09 - 06:23 pm
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it may be automatic testing,

it may be automatic testing, mz sandy,,, we were always tested upon injury/accident but that was company/insurance policy,,, thankfully the story doesn't report any serious injury,,, best wishes for his speedy recovery ! don't let the jerks get to you, either ;-)

tellingthetruth
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tellingthetruth 01/08/09 - 06:35 pm
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Justus - sounds like you need

Justus - sounds like you need the drug/alcohol testing - not Mr. McCorkle - He was doing his job & this is clearly a freak accident.

As a former Columbia County employee - I know the Roads & Bridges Department very well - They are very well trained - safety comes first.

I praise God for Mr. McCorkle surviving this accident. I pray for Mr. McCorkle's speedy recovery and comfort to his family. Lastly, I pray for the R&B staff, who concerned about their fellow co-worker.

SandyShurling
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SandyShurling 01/08/09 - 07:47 pm
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Thank you very much for the

Thank you very much for the kind words for Phil. He will be coming home tonight. I am sure that he probably will be tested, but it will show that this was not the problem. Did anyone think the the high winds that we have had for the last couple of days could have had a part in the accident? I also want to thank the R&B staff who took such good care of him.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 01/08/09 - 07:50 pm
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While I find Justus 4 usually

While I find Justus 4 usually harsh, he's probably closer to right than wrong on this one. While the worker may not have been intoxicated, he obviously wasn't as safe as he might have been. On windy days, trees to be felled and large trimmings are to be secured with rope to prevent them from swinging into workers if they bounce off another structure or in this case, tree. Safety first usually means slow down and be careful.

corgimom
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corgimom 01/08/09 - 08:45 pm
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There's a reason why they

There's a reason why they call dead trees widowmakers. When they fall they are very unpredictable. The worker compensation insurance rates are insanely high for loggers and tree cutters for that very reason. I am so sorry that he was hurt and I hope he fully recovers.

BOBO
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BOBO 01/08/09 - 10:21 pm
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I do think it was Pam tuckers

I do think it was Pam tuckers fault...all the gloom and doom she reports and wishing it would happen here so she can yell the sky is falling the sky is falling.... go ahead Pam with your dumb self...

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/08/09 - 11:10 pm
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Phil I hope you feel better

Phil I hope you feel better soon and have a speedy recovery. Thanks for your commitment to the citizens of Columbia County.

SandyK2005
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SandyK2005 01/09/09 - 12:28 am
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"This worker should be tested

"This worker should be tested for drugs or alcohol. Such accidents are easily preventable with proper training and that, is where the problem exist." --- If anyone was watching the lumberjack series on History channel the other night, would've seen this exact same problem happen with loggers with 30+ years of experience. It's a danger that happens, not out of the lack of training, nature (we don't have x-rays to peer through the tree to see it's true damage). You make a cut at the right angle and hope the tree falls where you direct it. But because wood is a natural product there's 1001 things that can make that fall go wrong. Especially if falling onto another tree, and not only the tree sliding down and falling on another person 20 feet away, but those branches falling down like daggers hitting them. Had a uncle who was a lumberjack, who died long before the advances we have now, for the same reason. It's one of those dangers those men face....so give them some support, as it's a tough job to do.

Mudfish
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Mudfish 01/09/09 - 01:20 am
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I am a retired county

I am a retired county employee, firefighter, and if you were injured that needed medical care, blood was drawn for a drug, alcohol test before you were allowed to leave the emergency room or doc in a box.

sandymcc
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sandymcc 01/09/09 - 12:36 pm
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I am Phil McCorkle's wife. I,

I am Phil McCorkle's wife. I, fortunately, am able to report that he was not seriously injured in this unfortunate "accident". I want to specifically address the comments that have been posted on here regarding drugs and/or alcohol. For your information, the Columbia County workers are tested regularly for drugs and alcohol. And as far as the safety and training of the workers, Phil, as the crew leader for his team, was injured while attempting to prevent serious injury to another co-worker. My husband was not under the influence of any illegal substance while he was at work. Thank you kindly for your "accusatory" well wishes. Just wanted to set the record straight. OK. Back to work now everyone (at least those of us who have a life).

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