Man Dies in Workplace Accident
McLean Police District – A 43-year-old man died following a workplace accident that occurred just after midnight today at the Home Depot, 2815 Merrilee Drive, in Fairfax. Officers and Fire and Rescue personnel responded for a man who was trapped underneath a forklift that had fallen over on its side. Paul Gato 43, of Woodbridge, was found under the forklift and pronounced deceased at the scene. Preliminarily, detectives determined Gato was operating the forklift unloading supplies from a delivery truck when the forklift fell, trapping Gato. The driver of the delivery truck heard the loud crash, noticed the deceased under the forklift and immediately summoned emergency medical services and police.
At this time, detectives determined that there is no indication of criminal activity. The investigation is still active, and our detectives are working with officials from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
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