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Mill working with feds on death inquiry
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Georgia-Pacific officials say they are cooperating with federal investigators in the wake of a fatal accident at the Savannah River Mill.

Ramon Cuya, 39, of Guyton was killed early Friday morning when he was caught in the machinery of the paper making operation, according to reports.

“There is a constant focus and commitment on safety,” said Carrie Thompson, public relations director for the Savannah River Mill, “and that remains a focus and a commitment.”

Cuya’s body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s crime lab in Savannah for an autopsy. No other workers were hurt in the accident.

“Our team has suffered a loss,” Thompson said.

She added that the company’s focus continues to remain on its training and its processes.

Thompson said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation could take weeks and possibly months.

By statute, OSHA has six months to complete the investigation, according to John Deifer, director of OSHA’s Savannah office.

A worker injured in an accident at the mill last Nov. 2 eventually died at Memorial Health University Medical Center a few days later. Thompson said the two incidents were unrelated.