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UPDATE: Worker killed on the job in Dalton

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DALTON, GA (WRCB) - UPDATE: The pain is still raw for the Painters who lost their grandson 24-year-old Josh Painter on Thursday.  

Charlene Painter says, she was told Josh was trying to move manufacturing equipment at the Marketing Alliance Group on Cross Plains Boulevard in Dalton when a large piece of machinery that was top heavy shifted weight striking Josh to the ground.

Charlene says, it does give her some comfort knowing an investigation will determine how it happened.

The Office of Public Affairs in Atlanta say, “this will be the second time OSHA has inspected the Marketing Alliance Group since 2012.”

They issued a statement to Channel 3 saying," the Marketing Alliance Group will cooperate with the ongoing investigating.”

Until more details are revealed about the accident, the Painters say, “we will try to keep in our minds fond memories of Josh and the times we shared together.”


UPDATE: A news release issued Friday by Marketing Alliance Group said the company is cooperating with the investigation into the death of an employee of Spartan Industrial Contracting.

Spartan was hired by Larue Properties, and the accident occurred when a contractor was working in Larue's rental space, dismantling and loading industrial equipment that was said to be owned by Larue.


PREVIOUS STORY: Officials in Whitfield County are investigating a deadly accident that happened Thursday evening at the Marketing Alliance Group. 

Emergency crews responded to the plant just before 6:00 p.m. on Cross Plains Boulevard in Dalton. 

The Whitfield County Sheriff's Office tells Channel 3 Eyewitness News a piece of machinery fell on an employee. Authorities are calling it an “industrial accident.” 

"An outside contractor, Spartan Industrial Contracting, was moving equipment and one of their employees was involved in an accident that resulted in a death of one of their employees," Marketing Alliance Group HR spokesperson Michael Arnold said in a statement.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Marketing Alliance Group family are with them," Arnold added.

Dispatchers say the worker was 23-years old. Watch Channel 3 Eyewitness News and check back with WRCBtv.com for the latest developments on this story.

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