Joshua Price, 25, was assisting with a plumbing job at a Riverwood Plantation residence at around 3:00 p.m. local time when the construction accident occurred. Officials say Price was working in a trench when it collapsed, completely covering him in dirt.
A nearby resident said fellow workers were scrambling around, asking residents in the area for shovels or anything that could be used to free the trapped worker, according to WRDW. By the time the workers returned to the site, Price had passed away. The Columbia County coroner says Price died due to suffocation.
WRDW reports that Price worked for Hardy Plumbing Company out of Harlem, Georgia. The company specializes in extreme utility construction where extreme depths are involved. It is currently unclear if all of the proper safety procedures and measures were followed prior to the fatal work accident.
The following information is provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):