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Rescue Caught on Video: Construction Worker Falls Into Trench on the Job, Coworker Jumps In After Him

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When a construction worker in Scottsdale, Arizona, fell into a 25-foot trench at a worksite on Monday morning, a fellow worker jumped down to rescue him — but he also got stuck.

The crew had been installing a sewage pipe, according to KNXV-TV.

The Scottsdale Fire Department was called in to assist at the scene.

“Scottsdale Fire worked a first Alarm Trench Rescue with our valley regional partners this morning,” the department shared on Facebook. “The incident involved two individuals needing to be pulled from a 25-foot trench.

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“One was injured but stable and the other originally went in to help his coworker. The two were safely removed from the trench, with the injured worker transported to an area hospital.”

The 43-year-old man who fell into the trench sustained head and neck injuries, but the man who jumped in after him was fine, according to KSAZ-TV.

They were both alert and talking throughout the rescue.

Rescuers had to be careful not to collapse the trench. They shored up the sides with plates and crossbars and lowered a ladder down.

It took hours and multiple agencies to rescue the two men.

“We were successful in getting a bystander and a patient out of a trench that was 25 to 30 feet deep,” M.D. Clark of the Scottsdale Fire Department said, according to Inside Edition.

“It’s a four-hour-plus-long operation where we had to insert multiple crews and build what we call shoring boxes for safety, and that’s what took the extended amount of time.”

“They train once a week on different technical rescue techniques,” Clark added of the first responders who made the rescue. “This is one of the low-frequency, high-risk situations they train on all the time.”

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“We were able to accomplish what we came here to do, which is get the patient and bystander out of a trench with no further injuries to them or our crews.”

An investigation is ongoing to determine whether proper safety protocols were followed.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
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With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
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