Friday, July 30, 2004

Help Is On The Way?

Maybe, but it's too late for these guys...

1 man killed, 1 injured when trench collapses

Thursday, July 29, 2004
By Joe Fahy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A Franklin Park man died and another man was injured yesterday in the collapse of a trench in Beaver County that authorities said was not reinforced as required under federal health and safety standards.

Marion E. Peters, 61, died at the scene in the 200 block of Silverdale Drive in Economy, said Deputy Coroner Skip Haswell. An autopsy will be performed today, he said.

It was the fifth trench collapse in the region since November.
And this:

Man dies in cave-in
Trench collapse kills worker
Advocate Reporter

NEWARK -- Construction workers frantically tried to dig out a man buried alive when a sewer line trench collapsed Wednesday at a new subdivision in north Newark.

"We were finishing up a job down the road when one of the guys on the trucks yell's, my God,'..." said concrete worker Dean Watson.

"We ran over there with shovels and dug, and we found him, and we pulled his head up, and he still had a pulse and we keep digging and digging, trying to yank him out of there. We couldn't get him out, and his pulse stopped somewhere during that.

Authorities identified the dead worker as Gary Dillon, 40.

Note: Newark, OH is less than five miles from Heath, OH where Steve Durbin was killed in a trench collapse last September.

So maybe the only way to stop these senseless deaths is for John Kerry to stand up in front of the entire country and declare: "Trenches Deeper Than 5 Feet Deep Must Be Shored. Use a Trench Box Or You Go In a Box!"