Iowa Workplace Accident: Trench collapse trapped plumber in Ankeny
06/25/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Des Moines, IA– Rescue teams pulled out a plumber who was trapped in a collapsed trench on Thursday, June 24, 2010. Officials pulled an employee of a local plumbing contractor from trench at 909 Northeast Chambers Parkway in Ankeny, as reported by the Des Moines Register.
It took rescue teams about an hour to pull the Plumbing Co. employee from the trench, which was located on the site of a future housing development. The worker was reportedly conscious and talking when he was pulled from the ground.
Rescue teams discovered him in a half-standing, half-kneeling position in a 5-foot trench with more then 10 inches of dirt on top of him. His co-workers were able to move dirt away so that he could breathe until he was rescued.
Ankeny deputy fire chief Rob Chiappano said, “When we arrived we couldn’t see him, but we could hear him at the bottom of the trench.”
The worker was then airlifted to Mercy Medical Center for treatment of his undisclosed injuries. As of Thursday, his identity or condition was not available.
Inspectors with Iowa Occupational Safety and Health were sent to the site to conduct a full investigation into the accident.
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