Miguel Caridad, 23, was working in the parish of San Pedro de Nós, in A Coruña, Galicia, on Tuesday afternoon, along with two colleagues, when the rudimentary scaffolding holding them suddenly collapsed.
"The gravestone fell on top of me. It was around 200kg and I was practically underneath it, they had to get me out," the young grave digger told regional newspaper, La Voz de Galicia.
The incident took place during a funeral service, shocking the already emotional mourners. Caridad was taken to hospital in A Coruña.
Amazingly he walked away more or less unscathed.
The heavy slab had fallen on his legs, chest and face but Caridad managed to walk away with no more than a pulled hamstring and a bruised body.
For Caridad, grave digging is a family business; he is the grandson of gravediggers and has been working in the job since he was 14, training with his grandfather, who is now 71-years-old.
But in his nearly ten years of grave digging, he has never had such a close shave as he experienced this week.
He currently works in 50 cemeteries in and around A Coruña, in northern Spain.