Trench collapses are common and deadly job hazard on construction sites. Last week, collapsing earth claimed another victim: 49-year-old family man Brian Allen, of Windsor, Missouri. The accident happened at a new home construction site in Lee's Summit, Missouri. The Lee's Summit Journal has this report: ("Police release identity of Lee's Summit trench accident victim," by Toriano Porter).

"In a joint statement to the media, Lee's Summit Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin McCaw and Lee's Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue said at approximately 1:30 p.m. police officers and emergency crews were called to the 1000 block of S.W. Drake Circle in Lee's Summit on the report of a trench collapse with a man trapped inside," the Journal reports. "Upon arrival crews located a trench that was approximately 75 feet long that had been dug from the street up to a residential home under construction. The two-man crew was working to connect the sanitary sewer to the home under construction when the earth shifted in the trench and collapsed on the man who was working down below. The other man was working from the top of the trench and was not harmed."

"Rescue crews arrived within four minutes, but they were unable to make headway in removing the man without putting themselves at risk," reports Kansas City TV station KCTV5: ("Worker's body recovered 26 hours after trench collapse," by Laura McCallister and Dave Jordan). "Grieving family members including his wife, mother and daughters waited at a nearby home opened to them by a compassionate homeowner. The incident happened about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, and it took almost 26 hours to recover Allen's body."

"Allen did not have life insurance at the time of his death," reports Kansas City TV station WDAF4 ("Services held for man killed in trench collapse, memorial fund established"). "A memorial fund has been established to help with funeral expenses. Contributions may be made in care of the Hadley Funeral Home in Windsor."