According to Des Moines Register, a 30-year-old man passed away after being trapped in a trench collapse on January 6 at a construction site in Altoona. The news release showed that the victim was under JRS Excavating and that the accident happened at around 8:15 a.m.
Altoona Police Sergeant Jason Ferguson said that they responded to a call at a site located north of the Fifth Avenue Northwest and Adventureland Drive intersection. They found the worker, who was part of a team involved in the digging of the trench and excavation work being done for a sewer pipe, buried after the walls of the trench collapsed.
Emergency responders spent hours working to rescue the worker, but were unable to do so as the tunnel they were attempting to dig in order to reach him repeatedly collapsed. Eventually the team recovered the man’s body at around 2:30 in the afternoon.
Jens Nissen, the administrator of Iowa’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, stated that the objective now was to see whether the employer obeyed the construction and excavation laws. Citations will be given if violations are confirmed.