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Worker dies after crane falls into lake

Worker dies after crane falls into Smith Mountain Lake.

Roger “Peanut” Goad was operating a crane on Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Virginia when his crane flipped off the barge it was on and fell into water that is 60 feet deep.

Goad’s son was also working at the site, but was unable to pull his father to safety. His body was recovered by dive teams almost two hours later. Goad was 54-years-old when he died while working for Plyler Homes and Docks.

People who knew Goad say he died doing what he loved. He is described as a kind hearted man who loved outdoor activities.

His co-workers say the job was a routine dock replacement. It was the first day of a new project and Goad was removing the old dock pylons with the crane.

Goad had a reputation has one of the most safety-minded workers for Plyler Homes and Docks.

The crane was the largest the company had. It weighs 20,000 pounds and will be difficult to remove.

Hopefully Goad’s family will get fair compensation from the insurance company for his unfortunate death.

Sometimes, in times of great grief and sorrow, it is nice to have the support of a good Virginia worker’s compensation lawyer to help take care of dealing with the insurance company. It is one less hassle to deal with at a time when you need all the help you can get.

About the Author:

The Injured Workers Law Firm is a Richmond, Virginia based firm solely focused on serving clients with workers' compensation claims in Virginia. If you have questions about your benefits or if you would like more information on the Virginia Workers’ Compensation system, order our book, “The Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia” , or call our office today (804) 755-7755.