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Worker at antique market crushed
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Forsyth County News

A 38-year-old man has died after what authorities described as a work-related accident in a Forsyth County antiques market.

Deputy Coroner Nickie Stockel said Jose Rodriguez-Duarte, 38, was crushed by heavy equipment Friday afternoon at the Lakewood 400 Antique Market.

Barbara Spivia, who owns the market with husband Ed, said it appears Rodriguez-Duarte sat on the end of a trailer while waiting for someone. The load shifted and an antique pill crusher fell onto him.

“He was an absolutely wonderful man. He’s been with us nine years and everybody loved him,” she said. “We’re like a family here at Lakewood and it was just a tragic incident, an unfortunate incident and we’ll miss him.”

After the machine fell on Rodriguez-Duarte, “bystanders rolled it off him and began CPR,” said Forsyth County Fire Department Capt. Jason Shivers.

“The CPR revived him enough to make him conscious, but disoriented. When we arrived the patient was conscious.”

Shivers said the department helped load the patient, who was taken to North Fulton Hospital. The 38-year-old was operated on, but did not survive his injuries.

Shivers did not know if the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration had been notified or would be investigating the incident.

According to Spivia, however, officials with the department were at the market on Tuesday.

Reached later, OSHA officials declined to comment on the matter.

Spivia said Rodriguez-Duarte was not married and lived in Buford, as did his brother and cousins.

“I do want to say how much I appreciate the Forsyth County sheriff’s department, the fire department and the emergency crews,” she said.

“They were quick to respond, they were very polite and efficient, and very thorough. They were all just wonderful and we appreciate that so much.”