- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Authorities say an employee for a northeast Ohio township has died after a 10-foot-deep trench collapsed on top of him.

Federal and local officials say the man 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 inside the Tuesday working on a storm-water culvert.

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

Parkman Township is about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland.


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