Gainesville, GA – A 29-year-old man died in a construction accident after he and another worker were pulled from a manhole at a Gwinnett County park in the city.
William Jerry Davis, an employee with Simpson Trucking and Grading in Gainesville, was one of two unresponsive workers rescued from a manhole 25 feet below ground in a “confined space rescue operation”.
According to officials, Davis and others were doing grading and construction work near a football field when the accident occurred. Members of the technical rescue team were able to monitor the air quality and force fresh air into the hole in order to send rescuers down for victim assessment and removal.
One man went into the manhole to try to rescue Davis after hearing his cries for help. It’s still unclear how Davis got into the manhole, but the men were reportedly overcome by a gas leak.
The rescued workers were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center, where Davis died. A third worker was able to get out of the manhole by the time rescue workers arrived.