December 18, 2012

Man found dead in tanker well tested positive for drugs

Rachel Brown

— An employee at New South Distribution who died after being found unconscious in the well of a tanker truck tested positive for several drugs, officials said.

Brian Scotty Williams, 37, of Chatsworth, was supposed to be cleaning the truck well with a partner in mid-September, but police reports show the investigation indicated he started work by himself and was eventually found unconscious in the well of the truck. He later died.

“We have gotten toxicology results back, and Mr. Williams’ blood alcohol content was .02,”  Dalton Police Department spokesman Bruce Frazier said. “He also tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine. We are still waiting for the final autopsy report to be completed.”

It isn’t known if the drugs contributed to his death.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an investigation, which a U.S. Department of Labor spokesman said is standard procedure when an individual dies on the job. The spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a message Monday, but he said in September the report would likely take six months to complete.