Patch Users Offer Prayers, Kind Words for Injured Grosse Ile Employee and His Family

A Grosse Ile public works employee is in critical condition after being buried alive while attempting to fix a broken water main Thursday.

Patch users began sharing thoughts and prayers after hearing about a Grosse Ile Township employee in critical condition after spending nearly 14 minutes buried underground while attempting to fix a water main break on the island Thursday morning.

The 56-year-old Department of Public Works employee and lifelong Grosse Ile resident became buried after the walls of a 12-foot deep hole dug to fix the water main collapsed on top of him.

Patch uses shared their prayers and kind words in the comment section of an article on Trenton-Grosse Ile Patch.

  • Carrie A: prayers.
  • tom t: prayers for you my fellow DPS brother,,i too work for Dpws melvindale water n sewer,23 yrs......
  • Richard: What a horrible thing to have happen, how he must have suffered until he lost consciousness. I worked on a city water & sewer line one summer, we were never allowed to go down in the ground until a steel retaining wall was in place to prevent just such a cave in from happening. OSHA will be all over this and I see a lawsuit against the city coming very soon.
  • LINDA J HARMON: We take all these forgranted. Prayers to you all.
  • Ron: My thoughts and prayers to this worker and his family. This accident is so sad and yet avoidable. Sounds like protocol and procedures were not followed in this case. The potential for collapse is greatly increased especially with gushing water. Cutting corners apparently lead to the severe injury of this worker.The lesson here is for companies, municipalities and supervisors to follow the law regarding safe entry. Employees and workers have the right to refuse putting themselves into such dangerous situations when protocols and safety standards are not followed.I sincerely hope this worker makes a full recovery from this tragic event.
  • Kimberly Ariganello: Prayers for him and his family.
  • Jeff Jones: Prayers for this worker, his family and the rest of the GI DPS guys. These guys know their stuff, but this is dangerous work!
  • Dawn Barnsdale: Prayers going out- I know him and his son- very tragic.

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