A man operating a backhoe in North Charleston died Saturday morning after falling into a hole and being covered in dirt, according to North Charleston Police spokesman Spencer Pryor.

The man, whose name was not released, died shortly before 10 a.m., when the incident occurred at 1990 Harley St. off Rivers Avenue near Interstate 526. Police are calling the temporary worker’s death an accident.

The initial investigation indicates the man was on a backhoe moving dirt when he somehow fell into the hole and the dirt gave way, covering him.

A co-worker noticed the man missing and began to search for him when he noticed the hole covered with dirt. The man was dead when his body was discovered.

North Charleston Fire Department and Charleston County Rescue Squad responded along with the police. The incident remains under investigation.