By Lena Sullivan / AP Published 02/06/2009 12:35:00 | Views: 1767

Georgia authorities have identified an Ohio man who slipped and fell into a 52-foot-well at a suburban Atlanta landfill.

DeKalb County firefighter spokesman Capt. Eric Jackson says 20-year-old Zackerie Knight of Christiansburg, Ohio died Saturday.

Jackson says the subcontractor was attempting to put pipes in the well to release methane gas to be burned off. He was employed by Quality Drilling.

The incident happened at the Seminole Landfill in south DeKalb County, Ga. Federal job safety investigators were at the scene.

It was the second underground fatality in less than a week in the Atlanta area. A 46-year-old construction foreman, James Hilbish of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was killed Wednesday when a trench collapsed at a sewer project near Cartersville.

By Lena Sullivan / AP 02/06/2009 12:35:00

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