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Construction worker killed in Louisburg

Posted January 19, 2011

— A worker was killed last weekend while repairing a sewer line in Louisburg, police said Wednesday.

Ricardo Rios Telles, 34, of Princeton, was part of a four-person crew working on the sewer line at the intersection of Elm and Short streets for Apex-based DeVere Construction Co., police said.

Telles was trying to hook a chain around the sewer line to a backhoe at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday when the backhoe operator's shirt became entangled with the machine's controls, police said. The backhoe's bucket was forced down on top of Telles, crushing him between the bucket and the concrete sewer line.

The state Department of Labor is investigating the incident.


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  • boomer3145 Jan 27, 2011

    I knew Ricardo & worked with him & his family. His Uncle told me it was a terrible death & they are all in shock. He did indeed leave a family including small children. I am not Mexican but a white New York Yankee transplanted female who's grandparents came "off the boat". For those of you who are unsympathetic, get a grip on yourselves. Enough of the immigration status complaints. Don't you realize that the only immigrants here are legal and willing to work.. Those that aren't left since they couldn't get a job. Many of these type of accidents are happening because companies cannot afford to pay for necessary OSHA classes to properly train the workers.

  • Questioning Jan 19, 2011

    Such a tragic way to die. It will haunt his family and loved ones forever.

  • Axtel Jan 19, 2011

    pipcolt. What other cases do you know of? Have you ever worked construction on this level or beyond? It can be dangerous work, you know. Try being sympathetic to Ricardo, the operator and their families.

  • piknowles4 Jan 19, 2011

    I suppose pipcolt was there when it happened or he/she wouldn't speculate on what happened.Been in the same situation years ago and no telling if the backhoe boom swung a little to the side or just dropped straight down. When you're unhooking a chain you can't do it from a distance.Unfortunate set of circunstances no matter how it happened. And as to the legality of the worker who cares, the man lost his life. Have some compassion.

  • Twittyfan Jan 19, 2011

    God Bless this man and his family no matter his status... This is a human that is now dead...And we question what is wrong with this country today??

  • Whosays Jan 19, 2011

    So sad, feel for the operator and the other guys family. It is so easy to make fun of something that does not involve you personally. Put yourself in their shoes.

  • tcndc2 Jan 19, 2011

    will be investigated by OSHA. and most likely the company will be fined. and the compensation carrier will pay his survivors a huge sum, based on his age and his wage earning ability if he were alive.

  • maybelle Jan 19, 2011

    Yes its a sad day but your tax dollars are gonna send him back to his county if no insurance is involved.County DSS take care of a lot of this

  • redmoon Jan 19, 2011

    gee took 4 days fer wral to post story ? don't guess franklin co. rates too high ?

  • egoss Jan 19, 2011

    imsirius.....you are so right. Some people have no respect for other human beings.