HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — A worker was killed when he was electrocuted Sunday at a Perdue Farm facility in Middle Georgia.
Houston County Deputy Coroner David Gabbard told Channel 2 Action News that 23-year-old Antonio Ramirez was found around 5:30 a.m. by another worker. Gabbard said the worker first thought that Ramirez was bent over, as if he was picking up an object, but when he went over to touch him, he felt a shock.
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Gabbard didn’t know what caused the electrocution but said Ramirez was cleaning the floor near a machine at the time of the accident. He noted that Ramirez’s clothes were wet.
Paramedics took Ramirez to Perry Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Gabbard said Ramirez’s body was taken to DeKalb County where the GBI will conduct an autopsy.
Ramirez was a contractor who worked for a company called QSI.
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Perdue Farms, Inc. released a statement to ABC affiliate WGXA-TV:
“We are deeply saddened by the death of a contractor working for a company that cleans our production equipment who was fatally injured in an accident Sunday morning at our Prepared Food facility in Perry, Georgia. The safety of our workers and facilities is always Perdue’s top priority, and we are taking the matter very seriously. We are in communication with local authorities and the contracting company, and our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and co-workers.”
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