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Gainesville company fighting nearly $50K in fines from workers death
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A Gainesville company’s attorney said Monday it plans to fight nearly $50,000 in fines stemming from a September fatal construction incident in Sugar Hill.

William Jerry Davis, 29, of Gainesville, died Sept. 6 after an incident at E.E. Robinson Park on Level Creek Road. Davis was an employee of Simpson Trucking and Grading in Gainesville.

According to Gwinnett County officials, firefighters entered a manhole 25 feet below ground to rescue two unresponsive workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued four violations deemed serious regarding training and other aspects of construction in a confined space.

The company’s attorney Philip Siegel said the company has “contested all of the violations alleged.”

“We’ll be zealously defending against all of the allegations,” he said.

The four alleged violations totaled $49,509. According to OSHA’s website, the case is still “pending abatement of violations.”

The company’s president, Greg Simpson, previously told The Times Davis was a “super employee” that had about 18 months of experience with Simpson Trucking and Grading.

According to Gwinnett County officials, the workers were extracted in an hour and transported to Gwinnett Medical Center.

“A third worker who also entered the manhole was able to self-extricate and was out of the hole when the fire department arrived,” Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge previously told The Times.

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