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INCIDENT: EXCAVATION COLLAPSE TRAPS WORKMAN

Workman buried up to neck during excavation cave in

It has been reported by the Birmingham Mail that a construction worker has been rescued after he was buried by two tonnes of soil on a building site (17 Feb 2014).

Fire crews rescued the man from a 18ft trench after he was trapped up to his neck when two tonnes of soil fell on him.

The road was closed whilst the emergency services lift the man from the excavation.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) spokeswoman said:

“Crews were called to reports of a man who had become trapped in a trench that he had been working in. It is believed that one of the sides collapsed in on the hole, which was approximately 18 feet deep.

On arrival at the scene crews could only see the man’s head. Ambulance personnel quickly dug away some of the earth to help free the man.

Emergency services worked closely together for over two and a half hours to extricate the man safely from the trench. Crews used specialist stretcher equipment and a hoist to finally release him from the hole.

The man, believed to be in his early 20’s, was treated for chest and potential pelvic injuries and was conveyed to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

A trauma doctor travelled on board the ambulance along with the crew continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst en route to hospital.

The hospital was pre-alerted and medics were on standby awaiting the arrival of the man.”

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