Paulo Gato Virginia Home Depot worker killed after forklift falls on him. Had been supporting his family overseas in a bid to live the American Dream.
Paulo Gato, 43, of Woodbridge, was crushed after a forklift he was operating fell on its side just after midnight on Tuesday, Nov. 23, according to the Fairfax County Police.
Gato had been operating the forklift unloading supplies from a delivery truck when the forklift fell over, trapping Gato. The delivery truck driver heard the loud crash and upon seeing Gato immediately alerted EMS and police, cops said.
Police do not believe there is any indication of criminal activity but the ‘incident’ remains under investigation by police along with officials from the Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An autopsy from a medical examiner is pending to determine the exact cause of death.
The man killed in the forklift accident at a @HomeDepot in Fairfax is Paul Gato. A friend says he moved to the U.S. from Ghana to pursue the American dream and support family back home. @FairfaxCountyPD says a forklift fell and trapped him while he was unloading supplies. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/TCVLwSmGmv
— Matthew Torres (@News_MTorres) November 24, 2021
At what cost the American Dream?
‘Even before his cup is full, he’s helping people here,’ Ofori told the outlet from Africa. ‘He was a huge-hearted person, very positive minded person, very giving and very nurturing.’
‘If there’s one thing we’ll miss Paul for mostly it would be for his generosity, concern and his caring nature,’ Ofori said, adding he believes Gato would have wanted to be buried home in Ghana.
Home Depot spokesperson Margaret Smith told WUSA9, ‘We’re heartbroken by the loss of our friend and fellow associate of nine years, and his family are in our prayers.’