Posted on: July 15, 2009 Posted by: Diane Swarts Comments: 0

USA. The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is investigating the Imperial Construction company for the death of a 36 year old man who died when a sinkhole collapsed whilst repairing and replacing a water main break.

Jose Aguilar was buried up to his shoulders in a sinkhole, pinned down by a concrete slab and police, fire fighters and crews from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department worked for hours trying to free him. An autopsy conducted, determined that he died of multiple injuries and his death has been contributed to an accident.

Jose is described as a family man, who leaves behind his wife and two daughters. He had only worked for the company for two weeks when the incident occurred.

If found guilty, Imperial Construction will face 11 citations. The violations fall under several different headings, including electrical and tools, but three of them fall under the trenching and excavation umbrella.

Some of the citations made, was that the company does not have a regular qualified person inspecting excavations or trenches, not properly sloping or shoring excavation sides of more than five feet deep and not having a proper walkway, ramp or bridge across trenches or ditches.

The investigation is expected to take several weeks and field investigators have been appointed by the MIOSHA.