BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. — A 27-year-old man rescued from a collapsed trench in suburban Chicago later died, authorities said Tuesday.
Nikodem Zarembra of Elmwood Park was buried for more than an hour and stopped breathing while in the trench Monday evening, the Buffalo Grove Fire Department said.
Fire officials were notified before 5:30 p.m. and removed Zaremba at 6:35 p.m. He was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Zaremba worked for Rooter Solutions of Burr Ridge, which was issued a sewer repair permit for the property.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of the accident, fire officials said.
The trench was about 13 feet (3.9 meters) long, 9 feet (2.7 meters) wide and 8 feet (2.4 meters) deep, OSHA said.
“It appears there was no cave-in protection in the excavation while they were performing the work,” an OSHA spokesman said in a statement.
Someone answering a telephone call for comment Tuesday to Rooter Solutions hung up on the call.
At just $20/year, your subscription not only helps us grow, it helps maintain our commitment to independent publishing.
If you're already a subscriber and you'd like to send a tip to continue to support the Chicago Journal, which we would greatly appreciate, you can do so at the following link:
Chicago Journal Newsletter
Join the newsletter to receive the latest updates in your inbox.