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W.Va. trench collapse death an accident

Autopsy finds Robinson died of blunt chest and abdomen trauma

Autopsy finds Robinson died of blunt chest and abdomen trauma

December 19, 2007|By DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. ? A Falling Waters, W.Va., man who died Monday morning after a trench collapsed on him at a job site north of Shepherdstown suffered blunt chest and abdomen trauma, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Fairfax, Va., said Wednesday.

The injuries are what caused the death of Andrew "Jake" Robinson II, 39, said Catherine Bailey, administrative assistant for the medical examiner's office.

The cause of death was determined after an autopsy was performed, Bailey said.

The autopsy also showed that the manner of Robinson's death was accidental, Bailey said.

Robinson was part of a crew of workers laying a sewer line at the end of Fern Bank Drive near the Cress Creek subdivision, rescue officials said.

The accident occurred where a smaller subdivision, North Hill, is being developed, officials said.

A trench in the ground caved in on Robinson and his co-workers dug through the dirt to free him, said rescue officials, who were notified of the accident at 10:09 a.m.

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Robinson went into cardiac arrest before arriving at City Hospital and was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he died, officials said.

Robinson worked for Barrett's Excavating & Hauling, a Hedgesville, W.Va., area business that had employed him since February, a company spokeswoman said.

A spokeswoman for the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday her agency has started an investigation into Robinson's death.

OSHA will examine what happened, how it occurred and whether there were any violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, said OSHA spokeswoman Leni Uddyback-Fortson.

OSHA has six months to conduct its investigation, Uddyback-Fortson said.

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