Man Dies In Trench Collapse

A man is dead in Bell County after a construction accident.

Officials say he was working on a sewer line extension project in Middlesboro when a trench collapsed on him.

The worker has been identified as Joe Shephard from London. He worked for D & H Construction.

The accident happened near the campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College.


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  • by Craig Gipe Location: Lancaster, Kentucky on Dec 12, 2007 at 08:36 PM
    My prayers go out to Joe's friends and family. This happened just before the holiday season which makes things very tough. This accident has been bothering me very much and I will continue to commit myself to preventing workplace accidents.
  • by sandy Location: Oak Harobr Oho on Nov 23, 2007 at 01:23 PM
    WHAT DO I SAY, MY HEART IS BROKEN, MY THOUGHTS, MY LOVE AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY WHOM I LOVE VERY MUCH. I WISH I COULD BE THERE FOR THEM. JOE IS MY DAUGHTER COUSIN, MY NEPHEW, WE WILL ALL MISS HIM VERY MUCH.
  • by Marsha Brock Location: london on Nov 22, 2007 at 10:24 AM
    Joe Shephard was a great father, husband, friend and brother in law to me. He will be dearly missed.
  • by Kathy Location: Lexington on Nov 21, 2007 at 05:03 PM
    WORKPLACE DEATHS ARE PREVENTABLE Turner Construction Receives LifePact Award Submitted By: Kathy Coffey –Chairman NAWIC Bluegrass Safety Committee Javak2@bellsouth.net Left to right, Tina Oaken -Bluegrass NAWIC Safety Committee member, Medearis Robertson - Case Evaluator Kentucky Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation University of Kentucky – Safety Committee Co-Chair, Kathy Coffey – Grayhawk Construction – Chair Safety Committee, Steve Spalding II Safety Superintendent – Cincinnati , Ohio –Turner Construction accepting the award for Turner, Richard Salter –Turner Safety Cincinnati , Kim Perry – Kentucky Dept of Labor Programs Administrator , Bill Carey - Construction Partnership Administrator Department Of Labor – Kentucky The NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction) Bluegrass Chapter 367 of Lexington, Kentucky has awarded Turner Construction the coveted “LifePact Award.” For 2007 This award is only given to one (1) construction company in Kentucky who demonstrates their sincere commitment in promoting workplace safety and health through education and the enforcement of safety and health standards on their jobsites.

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