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A fall from a skid atop a forklift, at Tri County Converters and Scrap Metal Recycling, claimed the life of a 38-year-old man on November 2, according to Edinburg Fire Chief Allen Smith. Edinburgh is located approximately 30 minutes south of Indianapolis.

The forklift was about 10 to 15 feet in the air when he fell backward and struck his head on the concrete floor, Smith said.

According to The Republic, the newspaper reporting on the incident, the man was not an employee of Tri County Converters Scrap Metal Recycling, he was lending a helping hand.

Under Indiana law, because the deceased was not in fact an employee of the company, his family may be entitled to seek damages from the scrap metal company. For more information, an interested party should contact Tom Hastings, the founder of Hastings Law Firm. They can assist when you or a family member is injured or killed while at work, due to third-party negligence. Tom can be reached at (317) 686-1000. Alternatively, you can contact him online at

Indiana Code 22-3-2-6

Exclusive remedies
Sec. 6. The rights and remedies granted to an employee subject to IC 22-3-2 through IC 22-3-6 on account of personal injury or death by accident shall exclude all other rights and remedies of such employee, the employee’s personal representatives, dependents, or next of kin, at common law or otherwise, on account of such injury or death, except for remedies available under IC 5-2-6.1.

(Formerly: Acts 1929, c.172, s.6.) As amended by Acts 1982, P.L.21, SEC.50; P.L.2-1992, SEC.740; P.L.47-1993, SEC.11

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