Anne Arundel man found dead in trench cave-in

March 17, 1992|By Peter Hermann and Bruce Reid | Peter Hermann and Bruce Reid,Staff Writers

CROWNSVILLE -- Anne Arundel County firefighters found the body early yesterday of a 32-year-old man who was buried under 6 feet of earth after an unshored trench caved in.

The body of Aaron Roger Duckworth was found at 3:19 a.m. and removed from the 20-foot-deep, 6-foot-wide trench about an hour later, said Officer V. Richard Molloy, an Anne Arundel County police spokesman.

Officer Molloy said "Skip" Duckworth as he was known, who lived in the 700 block of Old Herald Harbor Road, worked as a handyman in the Crownsville area.

An official with the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health office said his agency was investigating the cave-in.

"Whether he [Mr. Duckworth] was just doing this on his own -- we're still trying to determine that," said Doug Wallis, operations supervisor for the state occupational safety agency. Safety regulations governing the digging of trenches normally apply to operations in which there is an employer-employee relationship, he said.

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