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Man killed in North Georgia workplace accident

A 51-year-old man was killed on the job Monday night after getting “caught in a piece of machinery,” officials said.

Jesus Pimentel, an employee of Shaw Industries in Dalton, got caught between a moving part of a machine and a stationary steel I-beam, Whitfield County Coroner Greg Bates said. Pimentel was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“I suspect the official cause of death will be blunt-force trauma to the head,” Bates said. “From what we were told, he was apparently trying to get a piece of carpet or something out of the machine and another worker threw him a piece of rope, and when he bent over to get the rope, that was when he got caught in the machine.”

Dalton police spokesman Bruce Frazier told the Daily Citizen the death is accidental and they are not investigating.

Shaw Industries is a flooring products manufacturer that is a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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