Trench collapse kills Parkman man

CLEVELAND (AP) – Investigators say that a Parkman, Ohio man died after a 10-foot-deep trench collapsed on top of him.

Federal and local officials say the Parkman Township employee and another worker were in the trench that hadn’t been reinforced as safety rules require when one side collapsed.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. An OSHA spokeswoman says trenches over 6 feet in depth are required to be reinforced.

The employee has been identified as 54-year-old Thomas Evers of Parkman Township. Authorities say Evers and another Parkman Township employee were working on a storm-water culvert project on Tuesday when the accident happened.

A Geauga County Sheriff’s Office spokesman says the other employee wasn’t hurt.

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