Worker Dies in Accident at Sugar Hill Construction Site

Worker Dies in Accident at Sugar Hill Construction Site

A Gainesville man was killed Tuesday afternoon after falling into a manhole at a work site in a park in Sugar Hill.

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According to WDUN, 29-year-old William Jerry Davis died after he fell into a manhole at E.E. Robinson Park, where he was involved with a grading project, at approximately 1 p.m.

Firefighters with the Gwinnett County Fire Department were called in to rescue Davis, along with another worker who fell into the hole as well.

“Specially trained firefighters from the department’s technical rescue team were called to the scene to perform a confined space rescue operation,” said Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge.

According to Rutledge, rescuers descended into the 25-feet deep hole and recovered both victims, one at around 1:47 p.m. and the other at approximately 2:03 p.m. Both were rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville.

Davis later died at the hospital, according to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Davis worked for Simpson Trucking and Grading in Gainesville.

It is reported that a third worker fell into the hole as well but was able to get out on his own.

The incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency of the federal government.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, construction jobs are one of the most common occupations for fatal accidents.

Their data shows 208 fatal accidents for American construction workers in 2014. The most common cause of those fatalities was slips and falls.

A Gainesville man was killed Tuesday afternoon after falling into a manhole at a work site in a park in Sugar Hill.

According to WDUN, 29-year-old William Jerry Davis died after he fell into a manhole at E.E. Robinson Park, where he was involved with a grading project, at approximately 1 p.m.

Firefighters with the Gwinnett County Fire Department were called in to rescue Davis, along with another worker who fell into the hole as well.

“Specially trained firefighters from the department’s technical rescue team were called to the scene to perform a confined space rescue operation,” said Fire Captain Tommy Rutledge.

According to Rutledge, rescuers descended into the 25-feet deep hole and recovered both victims, one at around 1:47 p.m. and the other at approximately 2:03 p.m. Both were rushed to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville.

Davis later died at the hospital, according to the Gwinnett County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Davis worked for Simpson Trucking and Grading in Gainesville.

It is reported that a third worker fell into the hole as well but was able to get out on his own.

The incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an agency of the federal government.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, construction jobs are one of the most common occupations for fatal accidents.

Their data shows 208 fatal accidents for American construction workers in 2014. The most common cause of those fatalities was slips and falls.

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