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Grosse Ile Officials Appeal Report on Workplace Death of Employee

James Farrell was buried alive when attempting to fix a broken water main on Jan. 24. He died four days later at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Township of Grosse Ile officials appealed a report issued by the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (MiOSHA) regarding the workplace death of an employee early this week.

MiOSHA issued the township the most severe citation possible after James Farrell was buried alive when attempting to fix a broken water main on Jan. 24. He died four days later at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

The Grosse Ile Department of Public Services received a willful citation amounting to $49,000 and three other lesser citations amounting to more than $10,000.

Township Supervisor Brian Loftus said officials disagreed with several aspects of the MiOSHA findings.

Township attorney Thomas Esordi was unavailable for comment Friday afternoon.

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