Dangerous chaos after a trench collapse

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A 17-year-old male laborer was killed and his coworker injured in a trench collapse during a job to replace a broken sewer line.

The day before the accident a trench box had been used to shore up the walls of the trench, but it had been removed at the end of the day and not put back in place. The two workers entered the unprotected trench the following day to check the depth with a grade pole and replace two sections of pipe.

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