Legal Action Started in Fatal Idaho Trench Collapse

November 8, 2016

The widow of a man killed in a trench collapse in Boise, Idaho has filed a precursor to a lawsuit against several government agencies.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that a lack of training by Hard Rock Construction was a factor in the deaths of 36-year-old Bert Smith of Caldwell and 26-year-old Ernesto Saucedo-Zapata of Nampa.

They died on May 3 while they put in a sewer line.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reported in a story that Misty Smith names the Idaho Public Works Contractors License Board, the Idaho Division of Building Safety, the Idaho Public Works Commission, the Boise Public Works Department and the city of Boise in the tort claim.

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