A construction worker who died when a trench collapsed Friday in Daly City has been identified by the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office as 33-year-old Abel Sauceda of Modesto.

Sauceda was working for Platinum Pipeline Inc. on a residential construction site at 1 Martin St. around 11:20 a.m. when the fatal incident occurred, according to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Fire officials said crews were grading a trench that was 12 feet deep in an effort to put in a 24-inch drainpipe. Search and rescue crews were summoned to the scene, but it took roughly 12 hours to extricate the man.

Cal/OSHA is investigating what caused Sauceda’s death and has six months to issue any citations if workplace safety regulation violations occurred.

A GoFundMe page set up at gofundme.com/nwvw5-abel-sauceda-quinonez to help the family pay for funeral costs and send Sauceda’s body to be buried in Mexico has raised more than $10,500 as of this afternoon.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Thank you for reading the Daily Journal.

Please purchase an Enhanced Subscription to continue reading.Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase an Enhanced Subscription to continue reading.