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Crews recover body of worker killed in Bragg trench collapse

Posted July 25, 2014

— Recovery crews freed the body of a civilian construction worker who was killed Thursday in a trench collapse at Fort Bragg. 

The man, whose name has not been released, was killed at about 11 a.m. Thursday when several thousand pounds of sand collapsed on him near Ammunition Supply Point. Authorities said crews had been working to install pipes for a bunker when a large rock or large amount of dirt dislodged, prompting the collapse. 

Crews used buckets and their hands to try to recover the man's body on Thursday, but the operation was suspended at 9:30 p.m. The body was recovered around 5:45 p.m. Friday. 

Army Criminal Investigation Command special agents are investigating the collapse.


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  • Amy Carey Jul 25, 2014
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    This isn't a Corps job. DPW contracts out to ONUS who uses other subs. ONUS is famous for not following safety protocols.

  • Jerry Sawyer Jul 25, 2014
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    You are so correct. Since the terrain was especially hazardous, someone with engulfment hazard training needed to determine what needed to be done at the worksite to ensure it was put in a safe condition for workers. The responsible company will be, at least, fined by OHSA or the state equivalent.

  • Lee Howell Jul 25, 2014
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    @CharlessCoggins- having previously worked for the ACOE for many years, not all contractors on Ft. Bragg are governed by the ACOE or the EM 385-1. There are now private utility companies that perform work outside of ACOE juristiction, AAFES have their own contractors, private family housing is separate, as well as Ft. Bragg DPW. I know on all of my sites, soil samples were taken and if there were any issues with soil classification, contractors would be required to utilize a trench box, especially the depth at which this trench was dug to. To my knowledge, this was a private contractor not within COE scope.

  • itsnotmeiswear Jul 25, 2014

    Somebody needs to be going to jail for this one.

  • charlesscoggins Jul 25, 2014

    Being a Federal installation, and under the control of the Army Corps of Engineers, the EM-385 governs this site and all construction sites on Ft. Bragg. Where were the inspectors for the ACOE to make sure that proper procedures pertaining to excavations were followed? This is a senseless death because the directions of excavating are crystal clear!

  • dakotad Jul 25, 2014

    Where was the trench box???

  • Gork Jul 25, 2014

    Who did he work for - what contractor?