Paulin Sanchez Killed in Trench Collapse Accident on FM 543 in McKinney, TX
McKinney, TX — June 24, 2022, 41-year-old Paulin Sanchez died in a trench collapse accident at a work site near Farm to Market Road 543 in north McKinney.
Authorities say the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. at a construction site near FM 543 and County Road 202. Preliminary investigation suggests Sanchez was working on a sewer line trench when its walls caved in. A second worker caught in the collapse managed to escape but Sanchez was fatally injured.
OSHA inspectors ultimately found that Sanchez's employer failed to adequately protect its workers at the job site. Investigators found the company put no protective system within the trench, failed to inspect it prior to letting workers in, and used a damaged ladder that was too short for workers to enter and exit the trench.
No further information is currently available.
Frankly it makes me see red when a company is spotlighted for unsafe practices like this. Is an intact ladder that meets federal guidelines too much to ask? What about proper protections for the workers down in that trench? Why weren't those measures taken, and why did an employee suffer the terrible consequences? Is it really so hard to make sure people can go home to their families at the end of the day?
I don't mean to go off like that; I wasn't at the site in June and I don't know more specifics than the news can offer. I'm just saying that OSHA apparently found clear violations of basic standards that might have saved a man's life. The company will likely answer to the agency and the government for that; while administrative punishment might make them re-think their alleged bad practices, it may not mean much to the people who lost a loved one in McKinney. The company should be held accountable to everyone hurt by its choices.