Two employees killed after trench collapse in Mississippi

Two employees died after a trench collapse Could 19 in Starkville, Mississippi.

Zachary Wayne Osbourn, 36, and William Kizzire, 19, each from Alabama, had been on a residential sewer set up job for Southern Civil Contracting of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when the 10- to 12-foot-deep trench they had been in collapsed, in response to information experiences.

Osbourn died on the scene. His physique was recovered after a prolonged rescue by the Starkville Hearth Division. Kizzire was nonetheless alive when he was rescued from the ditch however died after being eliminated.

Southern Civil Contracting had been cited by the U.S. Occupational Security and Well being Administration in 2010 for trench-related violations and paid a tremendous of $788, in response to The Dispatch newspaper in Columbus.

The corporate’s proprietor, Shane Henderson, was additionally president of the now-defunct Gilco Contracting in Tuscaloosa, the newspaper experiences. The corporate, which folded in 2013, was issued 27 OSHA citations between 2005 and 2008, The Dispatch experiences, and in a single incident, a employee’s arm was amputated after a trench collapse in 2006. In all, Gilco confronted penalties totaling $530,500, with the quantity diminished to $258,735 after it contested the instances, in response to The Dispatch.

For extra on the enterprise and human prices of trench-collapse fatalities, see Tools World’s particular report Loss of life by Trench.