A Utah construction worker was killed after jumping into a collapsing trench to save a co-worker in American Fork. The 41-year-old construction worker and father is being called a hero. The American Fork Police Department Chief called the incident a tragic accident. The fatal construction accident occurred at a housing development at 530 South 860 East. Officials say workers were installing a water line about six feet down in a trench when the dirt began caving in on a worker. The 41-year-old construction worker jumped in to help and became trapped. Police say he was stuck for more than an hour and died by the time firefighters reached him.
According to police, there should have been safety measures in place to prevent this sort of accident. OSHA has announced they are conducting their own investigation. Officials say the developer is a Provo, Utah company, Vollkomen Construction. All construction work at the site has been suspended until the investigation is complete, according to authorities.When a serious or fatal injury occurs in the workplace, the legal team at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, is here to help you. Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, helps injured workers recover fair and just compensation. Our expert team with extensive resources will investigate your accident, uncover responsibility, and hold the at-fault party accountable. Don’t wait another moment, reach out to our workplace accident attorney at Meyerkord, Meyerkord & Kurth, LLC, to protect your rights and fight for your recovery. Contact us immediately for a free consultation scheduled at your convenience.