A construction company in Iowa has been fined after an employee was killed in a fatal construction accident. The victim was an employee of JRS Excavating and died in a trench collapse on Jan 6, 2016, at 5th Avenue Northwest and Adventureland Drive. The 30-year-old man was in a trench, 12 feet deep, at a residential construction site in Altoona, while another man was working with an excavator. The trench suddenly collapsed just after 8 a.m. Despite the six-hour rescue efforts with Des Moines Fire Department, the father of two died. The safety investigation reported that a trench wall collapsed because the workers did not have a protective system in place. JRS Excavating has been fined for about $4,500 for safety violations. Safety violations are not enhanced when the violations are fatal. The company has declined to comment due to the accident being under investigation.
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