Worker Killed in Machinery Incident

Friday, November 3, 2017 @ 03:11 PM gHale


A 51-year-old Shaw Industries worker in Georgia died Monday night after getting caught in a piece of machinery, officials said.

Jesus Pimentel, a Shaw Industries worker, was caught between a moving part of a machine and a stationary steel I-beam, said Whitfield County Coroner Greg Bates.

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“He apparently got caught in a piece of machinery,” said Bruce Frazier, spokesman for the Dalton (Ga.) Police Department. The police department is not conducting an investigation since the death was accidental, he said.

Frazier said the accident happened around 9 p.m. Monday. Hamilton EMS and the Dalton Fire Department responded to the incident, but fire officials said firefighters went to the scene only in support of EMS.

Shaw Industries confirmed Pimentel worked at the company’s plant No. 23 on Abutment Road in Dalton, Shaw spokeswoman Susan Farris said.

“There is nothing more important to Shaw than the health and safety of every associate and we are investigating this incident,” Farris said. “The plant will be temporarily shut down during this time. Our thoughts are with the associate’s family during this difficult time.”

Farris said Pimentel had worked for Shaw Industries since 2007. Officials said he had a wife and daughter.

Whitfield County Coroner Greg Bates said Tuesday that it appeared Pimentel got caught between a machine’s moving part and a stationary steel I-beam. Bates said the cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the head.

“Apparently there was a piece of carpet stuck in the machine and they tied a rope around it,” Bates said.

“[Pimentel] was up on a catwalk and they were going to throw him that rope so that he could pull the piece of carpet out that was stuck. When they threw him that rope, he missed it,” Bates said. “He bent over to get it and he bent over between a moving part of a machine and a steel I-beam. The machine he bent down beside shifted.”

Bates said he had not yet been contacted by Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials about the accident, but that he expected federal officials would be in touch since it was an industrial accident.



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