COLUMBIA, S.C. — The city of Columbia is being fined $12,000 for the death of an employee in a sewer line cave-in earlier this year.

The State newspaper reported that 31-year-old Marvis Myers died Feb. 6 after a trench he was working in collapsed.

The state labor department said there was no adequate protection to prevent a cave-in at the site. The agency also said there were insufficient checks for hazardous gases during the excavation and rescue efforts.

Myers was working toward a ladder in the six-foot deep hole after spreading gravel on the bottom when the collapse occurred. The report released Wednesday said Myers was trapped from his chest down and a piece of asphalt fell on his back.

City officials would not talk about the fine. They could appeal.

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Information from: The State, http://www.thestate.com