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General Chemical employee dies on the job

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

A federal investigation is underway after a man was found at work unconscious and later pronounced dead.

62 year-old Isiah Scott was found last Saturday morning by his supervisor at General Chemical, unconscious on top of a railroad car containing molten sulfur.

Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald pronounced him dead at 11 a.m. The man was said to be wearing appropriate safety gear, a protective suit and glasses.

However, the cause is still unknown. The coroner says Scott could have inhaled a too much of a toxic substance or died of natural causes. 

Richmond County Sheriff deputies also responded to the scene but do not suspect foul play.  They also believe Scott had a medical condition that could have been a factor. 

Federal investigators including the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are waiting for the results of autopsy and toxicology tests.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is now investigating the exact cause of death which could take 18-20 weeks.

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