Boise & Garden City

OSHA nears release of findings in deadly Boise trench collapse

A firefighter at scene of the May 3 trench collapse on North Gary Lane near Hill Road Parkway.
A firefighter at scene of the May 3 trench collapse on North Gary Lane near Hill Road Parkway. kgreen@IdahoStatesman.com

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's local office has completed its investigation into a May 3 trench collapse in Boise that killed two men and seriously injured another, said Dave Kearns, the agency's director here.

OSHA's regional office is reviewing the local office's findings, Kearns said, and an official report should be released within a couple weeks.

The collapse occurred in the late afternoon of May 3 near the corner of Hill Road and Gary Lane. Highway district and city of Boise records indicate a crew for Hard Rock Construction, a Meridian excavation company, was digging a trench for a sewer line that would connect to four future homes on the southeast corner of those roads. The incident killed workers Bert Smith Jr., and Ernesto Saucedo-Zapata. A third worker was injured seriously but has since been released from the hospital.

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