UPDATE: Worker Killed at Little River Marina Identified

The Cherokee Sheriff's Office does not suspect foul play in the death.

UPDATE (5:45 p.m.): According to a press release from Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, Roberts (who is not named in the press release) was working on the 1973 model forklift when part of the mast or upright broke loose and crushed him.

Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services personnel worked with Mauldin's Body Shop to safely stabilize the forklift so Roberts' body could be removed, said the press release..

According to the release, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, said that safety is a priority in a situation like this so that no additional injuries occurred. 

UPDATE (3:30 p.m.): According to a Cherokee Sheriff's Office press release, the deceased worker has been identified as Josh Roberts, 21, of Woodstock. Authorities said that Roberts was crushed by a forklift and pronounced dead on the scene.

ORIGINAL STORY: A male worker of at the Little River Marina was killed in a workplace accident this morning, according to authorities.

Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff's Office said that deputies were dispatched to the marina at 11:19 a.m. to respond to a workplace accident. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a deceased male who worked at the marina.

Investigators currently believe the man was killed in an accident involving a forklift. 

"At this time, there's no foul play suspected," Baker said.

Sheriff's Office detectives remain on scene, alongside Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services personnell. Representatives from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) are en route to the marina.

Stay with Canton-Sixes Patch as we bring you more updates on this story.

winslow January 24, 2013 at 05:05 PM
He was such a sweet intelligent young man work with him and his brother my heart hurts so much... only the best die young right? Praying for his family!!
Rick January 25, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Only met Josh once and was very impressed with him and his professionalism. My heart goes out to his family.
Diana Clarkin January 26, 2013 at 12:06 AM
We dock at the Marina and have seen Josh many times. He was a very nice young man. We are very saddened by this loss and will keep him and his family in our prayers.
Pam Purvis January 26, 2013 at 01:22 AM
My daughter Brittany Green was a friend of Josh. Tragedy. Prayers of comfort to the family and friends of this amazing soul taken too early. May God Bless you with wondrous memories and love.
April Thompson January 28, 2013 at 03:01 PM
I knew Josh for a couple of years. He was a very good friend of my ex-fiance, Bradley, who worked with him at the Marina. This is so tragic and heartbreaking. His birthdays was last Saturday. He was 21 years old and such a sweetheart. My heart aches for his family and friends who will miss him so much. I will pray for them and also his co-workers/buddies at the Marian. I know these guys and they are all great people, who I know are struggling with the tragic loss of their good friend.


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