Worker killed in sanitation accident in Florence

FLORENCE, KY (FOX19) - A worker was killed Friday morning after a sanitation accident and explosion in Florence.

It happened at around 10:15 a.m. near a site of an ongoing sanitary sewer construction site in the 8700 block of Skyview Drive

Investigators say there was a failure of pressure testing equipment while two workers were in the manhole.

Arriving units found one worker self-extricated with minor injuries. A second worker suffered severe head injuries and remained in the hole.

Florence units assisted by Union Fire Protection District and the Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue Team set up Confined Space Rescue Operations. When the second worker was reached, it was determined he had succumbed to his injuries.

Rescue workers subsequently recovered the victim.

The deceased worker was an employee of a contractor to the Northern Kentucky Sanitation District #1. The person's name has not been released.

The incident remains under investigation.

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