Gresham co. fined for trench collapse on man

PORTLAND-- A Gresham company has been fined for the trench collapse that trapped a worker for more than three hours under 600 pounds of dirt earlier this year.

Danny Russu suffered serious injuries, but survived.

Russu, 21, and two other men were working in a sewer line trench, which was about 11 feet deep, in the 1700 block of Southwest Bowmont Street when it collapsed.

Ryan Bird and another coworker frantically clawed at the dirt until they managed to uncover Russu's face so he could breathe. They also braced themselves against the side of the trench to keep it open.

Firefighters eventually rescued Russu after a long and terrifying effort to dig him out.

Photos:Man rescued from collapsed trench

At the time, the owner of Apollo Drain and Rooter Services had said the project was properly shored. He called the collapse a freak accident.

On Tuesday, officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that Appollo Drain would be fined $5,600 for violating rules and failing to install the proper support systems.


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