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Worker dies after trench collapses

March 6, 2018
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STERLING HEIGHTS — Authorities said a construction worker has died after being buried in a trench in suburban Detroit.

Sterling Heights police said workers were digging the trench when it caved in with one of them inside at about 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 26.

Police said the crew was using a front-end loader and removing old, underground pipes from a long-abandoned building.

Fire Chief Chris Martin said the trench didn't appear to be properly shored up.

Martin said the trench was about 18-feet long and 4-feet wide at the top. Its depth was unclear.

The man's name was not immediately released.

Local authorities and officials from the Michigan Occupational Health and Safety Administration are investigating.

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