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Numerous Safety Violations Led to a Central Iowan's Death

This past January, a worker here in Central Iowa was fatally injured after a trench he was working on collapsed.

As the investigation continues, we're seeing more and more evidence of a negligent employer acting recklessly.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined the company that lost a worker in an Altoona trench collapse on Jan. 6.

Justin Jorgensen, 30, was installing sewer pipes in a 12-foot trench when the walls gave way. OSHA regulations require there to be a trench wall in areas more than 5 feet deep.

The trench Jorgensen was working in did not have a trench wall, authorities said, and he was killed. It was his son's fourth birthday.

Jorgensen was employed by JRS Excavating, located in St. Charles, where family friends say he worked with his brother.

OSHA cited the company last month on three issues.

The first violation was that employees were not wearing protective helmets. OSHA reports Jorgensen received a fatal injury in the collapse.

The second violation was for not inspecting the site daily by a competent person. The third violation was for not having a cave-in protective system in place, which could have prevented the collapse.

The three violations total $4,500 in fines.

The employer could have prevented this accident from happening by employing simple safety measures. No cave-in protective system? No helmets? No daily inspection? Violations like these are inexcusable...yet, all too common unfortunately.

A hard-working employee and his family had to pay the ultimate price for the failures of his employer.

If you've been injured while on the job, you need someone in your corner...someone to fight for you fight to ensure you receive your full and rightful compensation.

Eric, Randy, and Sarah will be in your corner....we'll put our years of experience to work for you, and together we will find the proper routes to make sure your rights are upheld!

Call us at 515-225-4485 and let us fight for you!

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