Trench collapse near Mound kills worker

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published February 26, 2018

A man who was working in a trench along Mound Road reportedly died Feb. 26 after he became trapped in a work-related accident.

According to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin, the incident reportedly happened in the afternoon along Mound Road, south of 19 Mile Road.

“He was involved in a trench collapse, and he was buried by heavy clay,” Martin said. “When our first fire engine made it to the scene, they had no signs of life or communication with him.”

According to Martin, the worker was a private contractor who was there to do some sewer work associated with demolishing a building. The worker reportedly used a backhoe to dig the hole and then went down into the trench to perform the sewer work, the chief explained.

Martin said the trench was about 11 feet deep, and he described its collapse as a natural occurrence due to not being secured the proper way.

”That’s what the earth does when it’s not stabilized,” he said.

The Fire Department declined to identify the victim or his age or city of residence at press time.

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to call the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2800 or the Sterling Heights Fire Department at (586) 446-2950.