Kia confirms steal beam killed worker

The Cartersville, Ga., man who died Tuesday morning in an accident at the new Kia auto factory was struck by a column beam, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia Inc. confirmed today.

Ollie Tate, 47, was working with other employees around 8 a.m. to unload steel support columns from a truck when the rigging failed and a beam fell, hitting Tate. He was taken to West Central Medical Center in LaGrange, where he was pronounced dead at 9:04 a.m. by emergency room doctors.

Tate's funeral is scheduled for Tuesday, said his widow, Kimberly Driscoll.

"He was a very well respected man," she said. "He was a loving and gentle husband. He had strong Christian beliefs."

Tate, a construction employee with Superior Rigging & Erecting Company, is survived by his wife, mother, brother and sister as well as stepchildren and great-stepchildren.

See Thursday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.