Worker killed in Mentor trench collapse

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MENTOR, Ohio-- A 28-year-old man was killed when a trench collapsed in Mentor Tuesday afternoon.

Workers were removing a water line as part of the widening project on Heisley Road when it happened. Police said the trench collapsed, trapping the worker under four feet of dirt.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is at the scene.

The company working the trench, Aqua Ohio, released the following statement:

 Aqua Ohio announces with deep sorrow that one of our employees was killed this afternoon while working to repair a water main in Mentor, Ohio today.  The accident occurred while the employee was working in an excavated trench. The company will conduct an investigation, and work with OSHA on their investigation, as well. Out of respect for the family to ensure they have time to make personal notifications, Aqua will not yet be releasing the employee’s name.

“We are tremendously saddened at the death of our valued team member,” said Aqua Ohio President Ed Kolodziej. “We extend our most heartfelt sympathies to the employee’s loved ones.”

Grief counselors will be available for local employees beginning tomorrow.

Heisley Road southbound at Jackson Street will remain closed until further notice. The City of Mentor said water service for residents between Jackson Street and Whaler’s Cove will be out until crews are able to complete work following OSHA's investigation.

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