Two workers at Daikin-America in Decatur were dead after dangerous chemical exposure. Wesley Rusk, who worked for Daikin for twenty years, died on August 10. Less than two months later, Will Delashaw died of allegedly the same chemical exposure.
Wesley’s exposure occurred in an outside area of the plant where various chemicals are processed. Since then, Daikin has implemented additional measures to help ensure the health and safety of its employees as officials continue to investigate this case.
Delashaw had a pending lawsuit against Daikin over that exposure incident filed just weeks ago. According to Delashsaw’s attorney Kendall Dunson of Beasley Allen Law Firm, he was exposed in the same incident that killed Daikin employee Wesley Rusk in August. Delashaw never learned what chemical he was exposed to, and that he was wearing PPE at the time of the exposure.