Home Depot employee Paulo Gato dies after being caught under a forklift in Virginia

A Home Depot employee in Virginia was killed after he was caught under a forklift while working, according to local officials.

Paulo Gato, 43, was crushed after a forklift he was driving fell on its side just after midnight on Tuesday, November 23rd. according to Fairfax County Police.

Gato had been operating the forklift by unloading supplies from a van when the forklift overturned and caught Gato. The truck driver heard the loud crash and when he saw Gato, immediately alerted the EMS and the police, police said.

Police do not believe there is any indication of criminal activity, but remain under investigation by police along with officials from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An autopsy is awaited from a doctor to determine the exact cause of death.

Gato, a native of Ghana, had moved to the United States nearly a decade ago to pursue the American dream in Virginia to support his family back home, his friend of 25-year-old Oral Ofori told WUSA9.

“Even before his cup is full, he helps people here,” Ofori told the business from Africa. “He was a huge-hearted person, very positive-minded person, very rewarding and very nurturing.”

“If there is one thing we would most miss Paul for, it would be for his generosity, concern and his caring nature,” Ofori said, adding that he believes Gato would have wanted to be buried at home in Ghana.

Home Depots spokeswoman Margaret Smith told the business: “We are devastated by the loss of our friend and colleague for nine years and his family is in our prayers.”


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