Company in manhole death settled after previous incident

The Gainesville-based employer of a man who died in a construction incident Tuesday reached a settlement last year over a previous workplace incident, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Simpson Trucking and Grading paid the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration $3,780 in 2015, the station reported.

The inspection record from a planned OSHA visit showed employees were working in an excavation area of 5 feet or deeper without cave-in protection, Channel 2 reported.

On Tuesday, Simpson employee William Jerry Davis, 29, died after he had to be pulled from a manhole at a Gwinnett County park by emergency workers, officials said.

Davis and others were doing grading and construction work at E.E. Robinson Park in Sugar Hill, officials said.

One man went into the manhole to try to rescue Davis after hearing his cries for help, Channel 2 reported. It’s still unclear how Davis got into the manhole, but the station reported that the men were overcome by a gas leak while in the manhole.