ALPINE — A 53-year-old man was killed when a trench collapsed during a pool installation in the backyard of an Alpine home.
Firefighters arrived at the home about 1 p.m. Wednesday to find Luis Moran buried up to his waist, said Lone Peak Battalion Chief District Reed Thompson. He added that witnesses told rescue workers that Moran had been buried up to his neck at one point.
"We quickly determined (this) went from a rescue mode to recover mode," Thompson said. "We kind of slowed things down at that point, made sure we had rescuers performing safely, shore up the trenches, and place the appropriate equipment in a place that we could extricate the victim and turn him over to the medical examiner."
Thompson said the trench didn't have safety measures required by OSHA.Comment on this story
"(He) was in a trench that did not have any security measures in place, i.e. like shoring up, and it was deeper than what OSHA requires at four feet," Thompson said. "Heavy dirt and other material can collapse or fall into the hole, which is what occurred that day."
Because of the nature of the call, which is uniquely difficult and technical, rescue workers from other fire agencies including, American Fork, Lehi, Pleasant Grove and Orem, who are members of the Utah County Technical Rescue Team, responded to the call and helped with the recovery effort.