Sheriff identifies man killed in Licking County trench collapse

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LICKING COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) — A man was killed Monday morning when a trench collapsed at a Licking County construction site.

Construction workers were able to partially uncover the victim, identified as 39-year-old Drew Oswald of Baltic, Ohio. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A call for help came into the Licking County 911 Center shortly before 10 a.m. Monday.

First responders from seven different agencies, some with unique expertise in trench rescues, arrived at the scene on Honda Hills Road SE.

“The workers had him semi-uncovered,” said Licking Township Fire Chief Mike Wilson. “We made an assessment and it was a DOA.”

According to the Licking County Sheriff’s Office, the construction crew was working on drainage for a new build when the incident happened.

Representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are assisting in the investigation.

According to the OSHA website, trench collapses “cause dozens of fatalities and hundreds of injuries each year.” OSHA said trenches 5 feet deep or deeper “require a protective system unless the excavation is made entirely in stable rock.”

Officials have not released the name of the construction company doing the work or what trench-related safety measures the crew had in place.

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