Skip to main content

Construction worker buried in Minnetonka trench collapse dies

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A man has died from his injuries after he and another construction worker were buried when the trench they were working in collapsed in Minnetonka Monday morning.

The worker, identified as 48-year-old Jimmy Klous of Onamia, Minnesota, died on Tuesday morning, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner confirmed.

Klous was working on a road reconstruction project at 1900 Oakland Road, and was in the trench with another worker when it collapsed. The other worker was buried up to his waist, but Klous was completely buried alive and found unresponsive after being rescued by the Minnetonka Fire Department, according to a press release.

Klous was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he passed away at around 11:15 a.m.

Dave Perkins Contracting

Klous was working for Dave Perkins Contracting, the lead firm on the project. OSHA records show that the company has had two safety violations in 2010 in Ramsey, Minnesota. Both were related to trench safety to prevent cave ins. The company was fined $1,050.

The owner of Dave Perkins Contracting told FOX 9 that he doesn't remember those violations.

https://twitter.com/PaulBlume_FOX9/status/757981930499350528

The company also told FOX 9 that Klous had only been on the job for three days.

https://twitter.com/PaulBlume_FOX9/status/757980909379342336

Trench Safety

Trench collapses cause hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths every year, according to OSHA.

A trench safety fact sheet posted by OSHA instructs workers not to enter a trench without proper supports. All trenches deeper than five feet require supports unless cut into solid rock. OSHA standards also require that the trench be inspected daily.

It is currently unclear whether or not the trench Klous was working in had proper supports.

The Department of Labor and Industry is investigating the incident.

How dangerous is construction?

There were seven construction-related deaths in Minnesota in 2014, according to the latest available yearly data from the Occupation Health and Safety Administration.

Four of those deaths involved slips or falls. Those seven are out of 899 private construction related fatal injuries nationwide in 2014, making private construction the occupation with the highest number of injuries.

Private agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting sector had the highest fatal work injury rate. In total there were 4,386 worker fatalities in 2014, according to OSHA.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-25 at 8.01.45 AM

6-year-old and his grandparents killed in trailer home fire

"Found among the charred debris were two adults and a child," the sheriff's office said in a release.

USATSI_18345175

Uvalde massacre: MN schools react with horror, increase security

A gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Texas Tuesday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-05-24 at 5.21.04 PM

Ex-South St. Paul coach dies by suicide 2 days before sentencing

Matthew McCollister was to be sentenced for fraud in federal court on Wednesday.

uawgitwa5lpcj158xkfx

Minnesota 'glampground' named one of 10 best in U.S.

In Nevis, Minnesota, campers can stay in a refurbished 1905 train car.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Two men charged over terrifying armed robbery at Newport apartment

They shot the woman who lives in the apartment in the abdomen, and put a gun to a man's head.

Minneapolis police

Minneapolis 2-year-old identified in suspicious death case

The cause of death has not yet been revealed due to an ongoing investigation.

Arianna Vos

Victim of wrong-way driver crash ID'd as Hutchinson 19-year-old

Three women, ages 19, 20 and 20, were in the vehicle struck by a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning.

Julissa Thaler

Eli Hart killing: Police investigating multiple crime scenes

An announcement Tuesday confirmed potential crime scenes in Mound and Minnetrista.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota strike.

Twin Cities mental health workers gather for 1-day strike

More than 400 mental health workers are participating in the unionized strike on Tuesday.

Bloomington Fire

HAZMAT team at Bloomington hotel following chemical spill in pool

The fire department said two hotel employees are being evaluated by paramedics.

Screen Shot 2022-03-24 at 9.21.32 AM

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities gets $6M of Mackenzie Scott donation

The donation is the largest the organization has ever seen from a single individual.

Related

construction worker

Construction worker dies after being buried in trench in Lindstrom

The trench partially collapsed, burying the 48-year-old man.