A trench collapse in Enterprise, Alabama, has claimed the life of a Dothan man and seriously injured another worker. The construction accident took place at about 2:30 p.m. on September 23 when the two men were digging a trench in order to lay a new sewer line behind Enterprise State Junior College. OSHA has been called in to investigate the fatal accident.
The 47-year-old man who died in the accident suffered 16 broken ribs from the trench collapse. He was taken to the intensive care unit at Enterprise Medical Center but succumbed to his injuries at around 9:30 p.m. that night. The injured construction worker was in stable condition at Enterprise Medical Center the following day and is expected to recover.
"It was a construction site, and they're laying a sewer line down behind the junior college," said Coffee County Coroner Robert Preachers. "The ditch they had dug caved in on them. The body was covered from the shoulders down, and the weight of the dirt is what broke the ribs."
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