Local News

March 29, 2012

Worker dies at Dalton textile plant

A Dalton man died Wednesday evening while cleaning a tank of latex at a south Dalton plant, Whitfield County Coroner Bobbie Dixon said.

Pascual Apodaca, 51, of Pine Hill Drive, was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. Dixon said she was called by 911 to go to Global Textile Services at 120 Keen Drive around 8:25 p.m.

Apodaca worked for Global Textile for about 20 years but had clocked out at the time of the incident and was working for a contractor who cleans tanks, said Tom Peeples, manager of the company.

“He was an employee but wasn’t under the direction of Global at the time of the incident,” Peeples said. “We’re in the process of doing an internal investigation right now, along with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). Mr. Apodaca passed away while working with a team of two other individuals while cleaning residue from a latex tank. He was wearing a respirator, and Mr. Apodaca, while working in the tank, suddenly collapsed and was immediately non-responsive. (Whitfield) 911 was called and Mr. Apodaca was pronounced dead at the scene. We’re very sad that Mr. Apodaca passed away and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Peeples said OSHA was contacted soon after Apodaca was pronounced dead and had a team of investigators at the plant Thursday morning. Dixon said Apodaca’s body has been sent to the state crime lab for an autopsy.

Dixon said Apodaca was working for a contractor named Donald Johnson who cleans the tanks for local businesses. Contacted Thursday morning, Johnson said, “I don’t have time to talk to you right now.”

Asked if he would have time later in the day, he replied, “Not today.”

Michael Wald of the public affairs office of the U.S. Department of Labor in Atlanta responded with an email to The Daily Citizen Thursday morning.

“OSHA opened its inspection today into the fatality at Global Textile Services ... The normal process is for the local police to decide whether there is any indication of criminal activity ... If the police rule that the death was accidental, then OSHA becomes the lead agency in the inspection,” he said.

Dalton Police spokesman Bruce Frazier said there is “no law enforcement aspect” and no incident report since the death was an accident and not crime-related.

Wald said OSHA is “looking to see if any safety or health standards were violated.”

“An OSHA inspection can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months,” he explained. “OSHA policy is not to issue preliminary or interim reports until their inspection is completed. If OSHA finds violations, they would cite the violations, require the company to correct any violations, and impose a monetary penalty on the company.”

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • runner thompson.jpg Taking the race back

    Dean Thompson didn’t go 100 yards in his 26.2 miles through the streets of Boston without seeing people on the side of the road cheering for him.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bobby Lee Dixon mg.jpg Officials: Man jailed for driving toward officer

    A Chatsworth man who officials said accelerated a vehicle toward a law enforcement officer who was approaching on foot remains in the Murray County jail without bond.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Standoff 1 mlh.jpg Charges undetermined following standoff (Updated 5:45 p.m.)

    Police have yet to decide whether to press criminal charges against a man they say was armed and intoxicated while barricading himself in his office at a carpet mill in downtown Dalton Tuesday evening.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Man charged for using fraudulent Social Security card

    A man is being held in the Whitfield County Jail on multiple charges for using a fraudulent Social Security card with someone else’s Social Security number to land a job at a rug manufacturer in Dalton and for providing false information to receive workers’ compensation benefits, according to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s Enforcement Division.

    April 23, 2014

  • Standoff 1 mlh.jpg Police: Four-hour standoff ends with peaceful surrender

    A man who was armed with at least one firearm and believed to be under the influence of alcohol surrendered to police Tuesday night after barricading himself for four hours inside a carpet mill in downtown Dalton, officials said.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Murray deputy bit by drug dog while taking selfie

    A Murray County Sheriff’s Office deputy is recovering after one of the department’s drug dogs bit him in the face on Monday.

    April 23, 2014

  • Local wrestler ‘made everybody smile’

    Rash Renegade got his wrestling nickname after a motorcycle wreck several years ago left him with a bad case of road burn.

    April 23, 2014

  • Pinwheels in murray '14 1 mlh.jpg Awareness can prevent child abuse

    Three hundred forty-six pinwheels dotted the Murray County Courthouse lawn on Tuesday, representing 346 reported cases of child abuse in the county last year.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Murray library, regional system still far apart

    Murray County officials say they will announce soon if they will follow through with their plan to take the Chatsworth-Murray Library out of the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System.

    April 22, 2014

  • Fire believed to have started outside home

    Investigators are still working to learn what sparked a fire that nearly destroyed a house at 602 Top St. in Dalton on Monday.

    April 22, 2014