KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Firefighters rescued a trapped contractor after a trench collapsed near 75th and Monroe in Kansas City, Missouri. The contractor is alert, but is being treated for hypothermia and other injuries.
According to officials, the worker was digging a trench at the East Hills Village Apartments and the walls collapsed.
The Kansas City Fire Department said the trench was about 10 to 12 feet deep. The worker was about waist-deep in dirt. Crews worked for more than 2 hours to get the individual out.
“The dirt was probably up to his waist, was not able to break free for fear of the rest of the trench collapsing. We had to do some of those technical things that are needed,” said James Garrett with the KCFD.
There is a bobcat at top of trench. That weight causes concern for rescuers. That's one reason why crews are moving slow to dig man out.
The incident marks the fourteenth time this year OSHA has received a report of a worker injured in a trench collapse across the country. Twenty-three workers have died in those collapses.
The Kansas City trench was more than ten feet deep. OSHA standards require what they call “protective systems” on trenches deeper than five feet.Those standards also require soil and other materials be kept at least two feet from the edge of the trench.