10/03/2016 13:08 EDT | Updated 10/04/2017 01:12 EDT

Charges laid year after worker dies in trench at Edmonton construction site

EDMONTON — A developer and two contractors have been charged in the death of a worker crushed in a trench at an Edmonton construction site last year.

The 55-year-old man, whose identity was not released by police, was connecting a sewer line to a new home in April 2015 when the trench collapsed.

It took firefighters several hours to find the man's body, which was  buried 1 1/2 metres deep.

An investigation began the next day.

Occupational Health and Safety says a total of 21 charges have been laid against developer Haya Homes, Sahib Contracting and prime contractor Sukhwinder Nagra.

Their first court date is set for Nov. 2.

(CTV Edmonton, The Canadian Press)