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Investigation continues after worker killed in trench collapse

Officials are still trying to determine what led to a deadly trench collapse in Westmoreland County on Monday.

Investigators said the victim, Vaughn Kopetsky, 60, was working in the trench along County Drive in Rostraver Township.



Officials said crews were installing pipe in the ground at the time to enlarge the existing storm sewer. The $119,000-project has been in the works for about two years.

Officials said Kopetsky was using a ladder to climb out of the trench and an unsupported wall around him collapsed.

Relatives said Kopetsky worked for RA Monzo for 30 years. His brother said Vaughn liked collecting guns and antique Christmas decorations. The two went to flea markets just about every weekend.

Officials with OSHA said there were no updates on Tuesday and they're working through the investigation. A search of online records turned up no prior accusations against RA Monzo Construction.

An engineer for the project said he's not sure when work will resume or if the company has to wait until OSHA's investigation is complete.

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