A 28-year-old man is dead after a construction accident near the area of Heisley Road and Jackson Street Tuesday afternoon.
The construction worker, employed by Aqua Ohio, was in a 4-foot-deep trench when the trench collapsed on him.
City officials released a statement 5 p.m. Tuesday:
A 28-year-old male was fatally injured when a trench collapsed this afternoon on Heisley Road in Mentor. The accident occurred as a water line was being relocated by AquaOhio. OSHA officials are on their way to the scene.Heisley Road northbound is being reopened shortly. Southbound traffic will be closed until completion of the investigation. Water service for residents between Jackson Street and Whaler’s Cove is expected to be out until tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. No additional details are available at this time.
The northbound lane on Heisley Road is now open to traffic, but the southbound lane is still closed.
Aqua Ohio released a statement Tuesday night:
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.
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