Sulphur Springs City Employee Killed in Texas Workplace Accident

A long-time Sulphur Springs employee was killed in a workplace accident Wednesday when he drowned while servicing a manhole in East Texas, officials said.

The employee was identified by authorities as 42-year-old Francisco “Frankie” Melendez. Melendez had worked for the city for more than 14 years, the company said.

According to Sulphur Springs City Manager, Marc Maxwell, Melendez was attempting to remove a plug that was tying up the flow of a stream at Coleman Park.

The manhole filled with water as Melendez became stuck in the space and he was killed in the drowning accident.

As many as 337 million workplace accidents take place every year, resulting in more than 2.3 million deaths, according to the International Labor Organization.

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