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Hazel Dell man identified as worker killed in Georgia-Pacific Camas Mill accident

Dakota Austin Cline died from blunt trauma to his head, neck and torso

By Becca Robbins, Columbian staff reporter
Published: March 12, 2024, 6:22pm

Officials on Tuesday identified a 32-year-old Hazel Dell man as the person killed Friday at the Georgia-Pacific Camas Mill.

Dakota Austin Cline died from blunt trauma to his head, neck and torso. He became entangled in industrial machinery, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office. The agency ruled his death an accident.

Camas police and the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to the mill at 5:04 p.m. An employee was found dead inside the mill, Camas police said.

“Safety is a value at Georgia-Pacific. This is devastating for his family and friends and for our Camas team,” Georgia-Pacific Public Affairs Officer Kristi Ward said. “We are working to support them, and we are working through the investigation with the appropriate authorities, including corporate safety resources and OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).”

According to Ward, the death happened within the unitizing and converting department, which is shut down until further notice. The department is near the end of the process for packaging finished products. Georgia-Pacific manufactures and distributes tissue, pulp, paper packaging and building products.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has opened its own investigation.

A GoFundMe has been created on behalf of the family, to help with Cline’s funeral expenses. The fundraiser can be found at gofund.me/aa3ecc68.