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Gainesville man dies following construction incident
Gwinnett incident under investigation after workers found unresponsive

A Gainesville man died Tuesday following a construction incident in Sugar Hill, according to authorities.

William Jerry Davis, 29, died after an incident Tuesday at E.E. Robinson Park on Level Creek Road.

Davis was an employee with Simpson Trucking and Grading in Gainesville.

“He was a super employee,” Simpson Trucking and Grading President Greg Simpson said Wednesday, adding that Davis had worked there for about 18 months collectively.

Simpson said Davis’ death was a “horrible loss” for the company.

Gwinnett County Fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said firefighters rescued two unresponsive workers from a manhole 25 feet below ground around 1 p.m. Tuesday inside E.E. Robinson Park.

“Both men were part of independent contract companies doing grading and construction work near a football field,” Rutledge wrote in an email.

Citing health privacy laws, Rutledge did not disclose the names or conditions of the workers.

The department sent in a technical rescue team to perform a “confined space rescue operation,” Rutledge said.

“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,” Rutledge said.

Both 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,” Rutledge said.

The situation is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. An OSHA representative did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Funeral services are scheduled for 4 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home.

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