Men May Have Been Trapped in Collapsed Trench for Hours

Men May Have Been Trapped in Collapsed Trench for Hours

Kylie Mohr and Allie Gross | Gillette News Record

The trench they were digging may have collapsed hours before a passer-by noticed an idling piece of heavy equipment and called for help.

Juan Baez-Sanchez, 42, and Victoriano Garcia-Perez, 56, were apparently alone on the job site at 120 S. Indian Springs Drive. Law enforcement found a lack of safety precautions in their initial investigation of the residential construction site in the gated community, and an investigation is now underway by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

“It seems throughout our investigation that proper precautions were not in place,” Teton County Undersheriff Matt Carr said.

There was no shoring in the trench, which was 12 to 15 feet deep and 4 feet wide, Carr said. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS workers shored up the trench walls during the eight-hour recovery effort…(Read the full story)

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