Looking at the photo, it seems more like three Poplar Bluff men should be counting their blessings. Generally, one wants to shore up the walls of a trench before climbing down to rescue someone.
This guy, unfortunately, wasn't so lucky:
MELVIN, IL -- A rural Melvin man died Tuesday morning when a trench in which he was working collapsed on him.
William W. Glenn, 66, of 1170 North 1400 East Road, was pronounced dead at Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City shortly after the 11:25 a.m. accident.
Ford County Coroner Doug Wallace said Glenn was digging a trench to work on a septic line at the Saul Fores residence, 312 E. Third St. in Melvin, when the 6-foot trench walls collapsed.