Construction worker killed in excavation accident

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, NC (WITN) - State investigators have released more details about a worker killed in an excavation accident Monday in Edgecombe County.

Edward Webb, age 36, died while installing an overflow pipe at a new pond on Red Barn Lane outside of Rocky Mount.

State Department of Labor spokeswoman Dolores Quesenberry says the company Webb worked for was installing PVC piping inside a trench about six feet deep when one of the sides collapsed.

Quesenberry says they have opened an investigation to determine exactly what happened and if any worker safety standards were violated. That includes whether a trench safety system was being used or not.

The investigation could take up to six months to complete, according to state officials.


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Authorities have released the name of a construction worker killed in an excavation accident on Monday.

Edgecombe County Sheriff James Knight says Edward Webb, 36, died while installing an overflow pipe at a new pond on Red Barn Lane outside of Rocky Mount.

The accident happened around 11:45 a.m. The Sheriff Knight said Webb was trapped under the dirt, and they had to recover his body.

The North Carolina Department of Labor is investigating the death.


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A construction worker has died in a excavation accident in Edgecombe County.

Sheriff James Knight says the call came in around 11:45 a.m. on Red Barn Lane outside of Rocky Mount. It happened at a pond site and it appears a trench may have collapsed during construction of the spillway.

The sheriff said the man was trapped under the dirt, and efforts were being made to recover his body.

In addition to the sheriff's office, three volunteer fire departments and emergency service personnel from both Edgecombe and Nash counties were at the location.

The man's name has not been released yet.