Authorities investigating death at Augusta chemical plant



Federal officials are investigating the death of a man at an Augusta chemical plant, authorities said.

William Fulcher, Atlanta east area director of the federal Occupation, Safety and Health Administration, said his office is looking into the circumstances around the incident, which occurred Saturday at General Chemical, 1580 Columbia Nitrogen Drive.

Fulcher said OSHA was still gathering information about the incident and awaiting autopsy results and toxicology tests in the death of Isiah Scott, 62, of Hephzibah.

Scott was found unresponsive on top of a railroad tanker car loaded with molten sulfur, according to Richmond County Deputy Coroner Johnny McDonald.

McDonald said the official time of death was 11 a.m., but ambulance crews who arrived almost an hour before did not attempt to resuscitate Scott because it was clear the man could not be revived.

McDonald said an autopsy on Scott was performed Monday at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab. He said Scott had no injuries or burns and the cause of death has yet to be determined. McDonald said toxicology test results are not expected for several weeks or months.

Scott, a retired Army first sergeant, was a native of Lynn Haven, Fla. He is survived by his wife, Mary A. Scott, a son, Gregory Scott, and a daughter, Andreana Harris, all of Hephzibah.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 4399 Clements Road, Hephzibah, with Vladimir Korey officiating.

A call to General Chemical plant manager Alan Hampton was not returned Wednesday.

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