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Worker dies in cave-in at Pacific Palisades home

July 29, 2010 |  3:01 pm

A construction worker buried under 11 feet of dirt Thursday during an excavation collapse at a Pacific Palisades home has died, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Department spokesman Devin Gales said rescuers were called to the home shortly before 11 a.m. and worked furiously to free the man but could not reach him in time.

By mid-afternoon, the body of the unidentified victim was still stuck in the trench in the 600 block of North Palisades Drive.

Dales said CalOSHA inspectors were on the scene to try to determine what had caused the cave-in and whether any safety violations had occurred.

-- Jean Merl

Photo: Los Angeles Fire Department Urban Search and Rescue workers conduct a rescue operation to dig a buried construction worker out from under 11 feet of dirt below the front-door area of a home in Pacific Palisades. Credit: Christina House / For The Times

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