State Occupational Safety and Health Program representatives decided Friday not to investigate a ditch collapse that killed a man Thursday, Scott County Coroner John Goble said.
Jay Scott Ballard, 41, of Georgetown died when the wall of a water-line trench he was digging collapsed and suffocated him, Goble said. The ditch was near a farm pond.
"He got down in the hole with a shovel, and one of the walls caved in on him, burying him in about 4 feet of mud," Goble said. "The trench itself was approximately 10 feet deep."
Ballard's girlfriend and another friend tried unsuccessfully to free Ballard from the mud, Goble said.
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The accident happened about 7 p.m. Thursday on the Rita Jones farm on Old Oxford Road northeast of Georgetown.
Thunderstorms delayed the recovery of Ballard's body for more than an hour. The body was recovered about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Goble said.
After visiting the scene Friday, state officials said they will not investigate further because Ballard was acting as a private contractor and had no employees, Goble said.
Tucker, Yocum & Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown will handle arrangements.