Trench Collapses, Burying Two Construction Workers Alive

Earlier this week, two construction workers died after the trench they were working in collapsed on top of them, burying them alive. The deadly workplace accident occurred in Oklahoma around 2:45pm on Tuesday.

Local fire officials reported that the workers were digging a hole for a septic tank when the trench collapsed. Due to unstable soil, rescue crews were not able to immediately rescue the men, ages 32 and 44. Crews finally recovered their bodies by 10:30pm that night.

The cause of the trench collapse is not known, but the United States Occupational Health and Safety Administration will be investigating this fatal accident, and the state medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Source: Two Oklahoma construction workers buried alive, JusticeNewsFlash, February 23, 2010
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