Twenty-one-year-old Jacob Casher was still a "new guy" employed by a Beaver-based plumbing company when he left home for work in September 2015. He probably never imagined that, as he worked to install a sewer line 11-feet underground in Butler, it was to be the last day of his life.
On Sept. 28, 2015, the excavation in which he worked collapsed, crushing and burying Casher under thousands of pounds of earth. Research shows that a cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as 3,000 pounds, the weight of a small automobile. His employer, A Rooter Man of Pittsburgh LLC hired him just three weeks before the incident occurred.