Delve Deep: OSHA to Investigate Deadly Trench Collapse in Hudson

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HUDSON, OH (WOIO) - OSHA is investigating a trench collapse that killed a construction worker in Hudson Wednesday afternoon.

The 15-foot trench gave way around 11AM on Duffield Drive in the Fossalto Estates Development.

Albert Joseph Bagnoli, Jr. and 56-year-old James Wetzel were trapped for more than five hours while rescue crews worked feverishly to free them. The clay soil trapping the two victims was removed by hand with shovels and buckets.

"The operation was slow and safe," said Hudson Fire Dept. Chief Bob Carter. "We had to do the best we could to get him out, he was very deep in the trench and it was a challenging operation."

Albert Bagnoli survived and was transported to Akron City Hospital. He is listed in serious condition in the ICU.

"He did not have any visible injuries," said Chief Carter. "He was very fortunate because he was trapped under quite a bit of dirt. It was kind of a lean to type fall, so there was some air and he was not directly covered, otherwise he would not have survived."

Unfortunately, James Wetzel of Canfield did not survive and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The men worked for family-run business Bagnoli and Sons Construction, which is out of Youngstown.

They had been hired by a private developer who is building several new homes in the development.

OSHA tells 19 Action News the company's last inspection was in 1998. At that time, they were cited for one trenching violation - for not protecting sides - and not having a hard hat. Company officials paid a fine.

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