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Man killed in Studio City when trench collapses

February 8, 2011 |  3:47 pm

An unidentified man believed to be a construction worker died Tuesday after the trench he was working in suddenly collapsed at a Studio City home, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.

The accident was reported shortly before 3 p.m. at the residence in 3900 block of Oeste Avenue with views of the San Fernando Valley, said fire spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Humphrey said the man was in an 8-foot-deep by 2-foot-wide trench when the soil gave way, burying him up to his neck. Despite the efforts of the department's search and rescue team, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"We are now in a recovery effort," Humphrey said.

State workplace safety investigators were dispatched to the scene to determine why the trench gave way and whether proper safety measures were in place.

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