Worker Killed In Trench Collapse in Iowa

March 4, 2024
Worker was buried under 7 to 8 feet of soil.

A 21-year-old worker was killed when a trench he was working in at apartment building near 3100 block of Lake Ridge Dr. in Dubuque, Iowa, collapsed and buried him under 7 to 8 feet of soil. 

Upon arriving to the scene, authorities found excavation co-workers with company Smith Dirt Wrx attempting to dig out the man who was buried under the soil, according to a report from

The worker was later idenitifed as 21-year-old Jacob Young, according to a report from

No additional injuries were reported of local authorities or construction site employees.

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The incident has been reported to OSHA and the investigation is ongoing.