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Feds: Men trapped in trench worked for Nelsen Construction

December 24, 2020 GMT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The two men buried in a trench collapse in Rapid City this week worked for Nelsen Construction, a federal agency has confirmed.

The Rapid City Tribune reported that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration identified the company on Wednesday but declined to release any further information until its investigation is complete. The newspaper reported that the Nelsen Construction appears to be a small company in Rapid City with no online presence.


Officials said the two men were digging a trench for a water line in the front yard of a home on Monday afternoon when the trench collapsed. Police and medics arrived to find the men trapped under a dirt pile. Rescuers pulled one of the men free; he was not hurt. The other man died. Rescuers had to dig for five hours to retrieve his body. The men’s names have not been released.

Nelsen Construction had a permit to work at the home as well as a state water and sewer contractor’s license, city water officials told the newspaper.