Workers in Richmond Hill pass out in manhole; one in critical condition


RICHMOND HILL, Ga. (WSAV) – Three workers are recovering after an incident at a construction site in Bryan County.

Emergency crews responded to Belfast Keller Road in Richmond Hill Monday afternoon to rescue those workers from a manhole.

Officials say the workers may have passed out because of a lack of oxygen, leaving one in critical condition.

“Basically we had to have 21 percent oxygen here in the atmosphere to breathe and survive and once it gets below 19 percent oxygen, you can go unresponsive,” explained Mike Dick with Bryan County Emergency Services, adding, “We had really low oxygen levels down in the manhole.”

It’s unclear at this time exactly how long the workers were inside of the manhole.

All three were rushed to a local hospital. One worker remains in critical condition and the other two are expected to be okay.

News 3 reached out to the contracting company that employs the three workers. Tyson Utilities Construction, Inc. owner Ernest Tyson, who said:

The unfortunate incident that happened on our jobsite in Richmond Hill, GA was reported to the appropriate authorities and the matter is still under investigation. I’m sorry I cannot make any further comment at this time except to say our employees and our employees safety are of the utmost importance to us at Tyson Utilities Construction, Inc.

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