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UPDATE 2: One killed in Dalton industrial incident

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DALTON, WHITFIELD COUNTY -

(WRCB) – Fire officials in Dalton say one person has died at an industrial company overnight.

Global Textile Services confirms that Pascual Apodaca, 51, of Dalton died while cleaning a latex tank at the companies facility on Keen Drive.

Two of a three man crew were wearing respirators while inside the tank, Apodaca was found not wearing his APR. Officials were called to the facility around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after Apodaca was found unconscious in the tank.

OSHA does require employees performing this type of work to wear a breathing apparatus because of the buildup of hydrogen sulfide inside the tank.

Global Textile Services says Apodaca has worked for the company for 20 years as an independent contractor.

Plant Manager Tom Peeples released this statement:

Pascual Apodaca passed away while working with a team of two other individuals cleaning residue from a latex tank.  Mr. Apodaca, while working in the tank, suddenly collapsed and was immediately nonresponsive.  911 was immediately called and Mr. Apodaca was later pronounced dead at the scene.  He was wearing a respirator at the time of the incident. The cause of death has not been determined at this time.  While Mr. Apodaca was an employee of Global Textile Services for twenty years, he was working for an independent contractor at the time of the incident.  Global has contacted Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and are fully cooperating with the investigation of the incident.

Peeples tells Channel 3 that a death has never happened in the history of the plant and adds, "Our heart goes out to the victim's family."

Apocada's wife Leanora says he was a wonderful father and worked tirelessly to support his family.

"Everyday, maybe 12, 13 hours a day, six and seven days of the week, every year," she says.

He leaves behind a wife and two sons, ages 11 and 18.  

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