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Maryland officials investigating worker death at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park

The Department of Public Works is in the middle of a $134 million project to bury a pair of water tanks and turn a portion of the existing Druid Hill reservoir into parkland. A worker died this week after being injured on the site.
The Department of Public Works is in the middle of a $134 million project to bury a pair of water tanks and turn a portion of the existing Druid Hill reservoir into parkland. A worker died this week after being injured on the site. (Jerry Jackson, Baltimore Sun)

The Maryland Occupational Safety and Health division is investigating the death of a contractor following a job-site incident at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park early Monday, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Labor said Wednesday.

“However, because the investigation is still active, we cannot provide any additional details at this time,” said Fallon E. Pearre, the labor department spokeswoman.

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The nature of the incident and the cause of the worker’s death have not been released.

The worker, whose name has not been released, died from his injuries at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center after the 6:15 a.m. incident at the Druid Tank Project, the city has said.

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The Baltimore Department of Public Works, which is overseeing the $140 million project to bury part of the park’s reservoir in giant underground tanks to comply with federal environmental standards, did not respond to questions Wednesday.

The project, being paid for through an increase in bills for Baltimore water customers, began in 2017 and is scheduled to finish in 2022.

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