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Family, Friends Remember Victim Of Trench Collapse

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MASON, Oh. (WLWT) - The Mason man killed in a trench collapse in Morrow on Thursday is being remembered for the life he lived.

Zach Hess, 25, was killed at a work site in the Woodlands at Morrow subdivision. He was working in a trench when it caved in, burying him about 25 feet underground.

Hess' mother, Cindy Hess, says her son was a sweet boy who grew up into a handsome man with a beautiful spirit.

Cindy Hess said he loved his family and loved his job. She said he took great pride in his work.

Hess worked for JK Excavating and Utilities. According to public records released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, JK Excavating was cited in 2014 for three "serious" trench violations.

The Mason-based company had to pay a $5,850 penalty.

The violations stemmed from a work site on Shadowcreek Court in Hamilton.

OSHA documents state, "On or about July 16, 2014, an employee was observed working in an excavation that was measured to be 7' in depth by 6' in width that had no suitable means of access/egress located within 25' of the work area within the excavation."

According to OSHA, "An employee was working in the bottom of an open excavation measured to be approximately 7' in depth while being exposed to materials and equipment falling into the excavation on top of them, posing a crushing/struck-by hazard."

Documents also stated that an employee was working in the excavation "without adequate protection against cave-ins, in that the walls of the excavation were not properly sloped, shored, benched or otherwise adequately protected against collapse."

The Morrow investigation could take months to complete.

Daniel Wood, JK Excavating safety specialist, released the following statement:

"On behalf of JK Excavating, on Thursday December 28 we did not just lose an employee in this tragic incident, we lost a family member! Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the Hess and Bare family. We are working directly with the Department of Labor (OSHA) on this fact finding tragic incident. We have obtained the services of a third party Safety Consultant to lead JK Excavating in our own internal root cause investigation to this horrific incident that has deeply affected our JK Excavating family. Our thoughts and prayers are also with the first responders to this incident and all the mutual aid efforts to perform this unfortunate recovery!"

Although it will be a difficult road for the Hess' family, his mother said she is comforted by the outpouring of love for her son.

Hess' uncle Jim Fish said Zach Hess' father and step-mother, Todd and Cathy Hess, are also heartbroken tonight as are his siblings. Fish said everyone is thankful for the support and prayers the family is receiving.

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