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Trench rescue in Buffalo Grove, 12-12-22 (more)

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The family of a 27-year-old Elmwood Park man was grieving Tuesday, a day after the sewer repair worker was killed when the trench he was working in collapsed on top of him in Buffalo Grove.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has opened an investigation into the circumstances. Unfortunately, OSHA says the site did not appear to have the necessary safety precautions to keep the tragic accident Monday from happening.

Family said Zaremba became the co-owner of a company called Rooter Solutions, which is the company for which he was performing sewer repair work on Monday. he was one of three people working at the site of the excavation when it collapsed.

OSHA records show at least 20 workers nationwide have died in trench collapses since December 2020. Two of those cases were in Illinois, and one was in Indiana.

GoFundMe created Tuesday afternoon says the family is in shock. It reads:

“It is with great sadness and disbelief that we announce the sudden and very unexpected passing of Nikodem Zaremba ‘Smerf’ at only 27 years old.

“Anyone who knew Nikodem knows what a hardworking, loving, and kind soul he was. He loved and cared deeply for everyone around him whether it was his family, friends, or co-workers. Family was the utmost importance to him, they were his primary motivation in all of his endeavors. To Niku? friends he was the fun-loving, adventurous goofball who always had your back. To his parents he was their first born son. To his brothers he was the oldest, a strong role model, and forever friend. To his fianc√© he was her everything, best friend, soulmate, and future husband. He will be ever-loved.

“The family is understandably shocked by this loss and unfortunately not prepared for all that is happening at this time. During this time they will need help with funeral expenses, daily living expenses, mortgage, utilities, and all of the other necessities. The funds will help out tremendously.”

Zaremba’s company had no inspection history because it was just created in August of this year. Buffalo Grove said a permit was properly issued for this work back in November.

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Trench rescue in Buffalo Grove, 12-12-22 (more)

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Trench rescue in Buffalo Grove, 12-12-22

Buffalo Grove firefighters and police officers were sent to 1011 Aspen Drive late Monday afternoon for a worker that was reported to be trapped in a hole in the front yard. Workers had been digging apparently to repair a residential sewer service at the home where one worker was in the hole and there was a ground collapse.

Arriving firefighters encountered workers frantically digging to free their coworker. The entire MABAS Division 1 Technical Rescue Team was requested as Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, and Lincolnshire-Riverwoods firefighters initiated a rescue operation. Initial reports were that the worker unconscious and not breathing.

TRT techs arrived from Palatine, Mount Prospect, Des Plaines, Rolling Meadows, Wheeling, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Inverness, and Bartlett along with the Buffalo Grove Mobile Comm. A special call was made for an Arlington Heights Public Works sewer vac, but the rescue was completed before the unit arrived.

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