By | February 6, 2024

In a distressing event that unfolded in Appling, Georgia, a man tragically lost his life in an industrial accident on Monday. Ralph Pickens, a 63-year-old resident of McCormick, South Carolina, met his untimely demise when he fell into an industrial woodchipper at the Pollard Lumber Company.

The Incident at Pollard Lumber Company

Appling, a small community located in Columbia County, Georgia, is home to the Pollard Lumber Company where the incident took place. A staple of the local economy, the company has been in operation since 1951, producing quality lumber products. However, Monday’s events have cast a grim shadow over the establishment.

According to The Augusta Chronicle and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Ralph Pickens entered an industrial conveyer wood chipper. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene. As of now, an investigation into the incident is ongoing.

Remembering Ralph Pickens

News of Pickens’ tragic accident has sent ripples of sorrow through both the local community of Appling and his home town of McCormick, South Carolina. Known to many as a hardworking individual, Ralph will be deeply missed.

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Workplace Safety

This tragic incident serves as a stark reminder about the importance of safety in industrial workplaces. It underscores the need for stringent safety measures and effective employee training to prevent such accidents in the future.