Worker killed in trench collapse at Gatlinburg Wastewater Plant

Worker killed in trench collapse at Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant

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A concrete wall of a containment basin collapsed at the plant on April 5, killing two workers for a private contractor. A concrete wall of a containment basin collapsed at the plant on April 5, killing two workers for a private contractor.
Heavy equipment is parked at the trench. Heavy equipment is parked at the trench.

GATLINBURG (WATE) - A worker was killed Thursday morning when a trench collapsed at the Gatlinburg Wastewater Treatment Plant, the site of a double fatality nearly a year ago.

When Gatlinburg firefighters arrived at the plant about 10:00 a.m. they found the victim in the ditch, covered in dirt and rock.

The worker had been struck from behind in the ditch collapse and died at the scene.

The victim's name has not yet been released.

The trench was dug at the site as work continued on a project that began January 9 to repair damage following a double fatal accident last April.

A concrete wall of a containment basin collapsed at the plant on April 5, killing two workers for a private contractor.

More than a million gallons of untreated sewage was dumped into the Little Pigeon River when the basin collapsed.

Investigators from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Division office in Kingsport arrived on scene around noon.

TOSHA spokesman Jeff Hentschel says the investigators will release their findings after the investigation is concluded.

NEO Corp. is the company contracted to demolish the plant. The company has not released a comment on the accident.

Veolia Water North American operates the plant and also has not released a comment.
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