Firefighters could not save a man buried in loose gravel today at an outdoor worksite northwest of downtown, Deputy Fire Chief Adam O'Connor said.
The man – described as an excavation worker – was trapped underneath about 8 feet of gravel in a trench about 20 feet deep at Huffman Avenue and Franklin Street, O'Connor said.
It is believed the man was laying pipe for a sewer line, O'Connor said.
The incident is under investigation, O'Connor said.
This is the third fatal workplace incident in less than two months. A man died March 5 after he was trapped inside an aerial conveyor belt at Custom Maintenance Solutions. Another man died when he was crushed in an industrial accident at the BF Goodrich tire plant near Woodburn Jan. 28.