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Man rescued after collapse at Vancouver construction site

Last Updated Nov 27, 2020 at 8:29 am PST

A man has been taken to the hospital after some sort of collapse sent dirt into a hole at a construction site in Vancouver, trapping him. Another man was also trapped but was able to dig himself out. (Riley Phillips, NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

A three-hour rescue was conducted to help a worker caught in a collapse at a Vancouver construction site Thursday

Two men were initially trapped in the collapse but one was able to dig himself out, fire crews say

The rescued worker was taken to the hospital; Paramedics say he was in stable condition at the time

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – One man has been taken to the hospital in stable condition while another is OK after the pair was trapped following a collapse at a construction site in Vancouver.

It happened Thursday night, with fire crews saying both construction workers had been putting in shoring when they got stuck.

“Our crews got a call just after 11 p.m. … for an industrial accident,” Assistant Fire Chief Dan Stroup explains.

He says one of the workers was able to dig himself out but a technical rescue was required for the other man.

“There was an incident with a worker that was buried in the hold up to his waist and crews set up for about three hours and dug him out,” Stroup says, adding his crews were working in a tight space. “(Firefighters) did have to go in the hole and perform a rescue, package him up, and lift him out of the hole.”

He tells NEWS 1130 much of the time spent on the rescue was to ensure the safety of both the man and firefighters.

The man who was stuck was about 20 feet down, Stroup notes.