Edna Ramcke of White, the sole heir of her brother Robert Podorsky’s estate, is suing the power company for wrongful death in the April 28, 2008, incident that killed her brother as he worked at Plant Bowen, according to the lawsuit.
Pordorsky was a professional geologist with Contour Engineering. Contour was an independent contractor with Brad Cole Construction, which had been hired by Georgia Power for a project at Plant Bowen, the lawsuit states.
Court records state that Podorsky, 57, was doing some soil testing near a railroad bed when he was trampled by a Caterpillar “Sheepsfoot” compactor, owned by Brad Cole and operated by one of Cole’s employees.
Podorsky died that day at Carterville Medical Center, according to court documents.
Ramcke is also suing Brad Cole Construction, but initiated the case against Georgia Power because the power company hired the construction company without checking the licensing, documentation and training of Cole’s heavy equipment operators.
Ramcke alleges the driver, whose name isn’t listed in the initial lawsuit, was an illegal alien with no driver’s license or training to operate such equipment. Her lawyer also contends Georgia Power violated the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 by allowing an illegal immigrant to work on its property and states the company knowingly allowed Cole’s hiring practices in order to get an extremely low price for the project.
Ramcke is asking for $1 million for wrongful death, pain and suffering damages as determined by a jury, $10,000 for her brother’s burial, $17,000 for medical expenses, $250,000 in punitive damages plus the cost of labor had Georgia Power followed safe hiring and operating procedures.
Her suit against the construction company is still waiting on its time in court. In that case, Ramcke is asking for an undetermined amount of money for wrongful death, pain and suffering, medical and funeral expenses and court costs.