- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

HOLDEN, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri company is facing a $35,000 fine after one of its employees died in a trench collapse.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration says the death last October of 49-year-old Brian Allen of Windsor at a work site in Lee’s Summit could have been avoided. It has recommended the fine against Larry Strate Plumbing & Heating of Holden.

OSHA says Allen would not have died if a trench protection required by federal regulations had been used at the site.

Strate told The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/1fqfWnf ) that he will appeal and try to have the fine reduced.

Allen was installing a sewer line to a house when the earth gave way. It took authorities more than 24 hours to recover his body.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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