Firefighters use a ladder truck to rescue a construction worker from a trench in Phoenix

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The Phoenix Fire Department rescued a construction worker who tripped and fell into a trench while working in Phoenix late Tuesday morning. It happened near Central Avenue and Interstate 17, right next to a restaurant called Comedor Guadalajara. Arizona’s family was there when the man was hoisted out of the trench and taken to hospital just before noon.

The man fell into an unsupported part of an 8 foot trench.(Arizona Family)

Rescuers at the scene said they believe the man injured his back when he fell. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, he said he was suffering from severe back pain. Part of the 8-foot trench had been shored up, but the area where the accident occurred was unreinforced. This made the rescue operation a little more complicated, so a technical rescue team from the Phoenix Fire Department was called.

Between 40 and 50 firefighters, mostly trained in rescue techniques, took part in the operation. “It takes a lot of hands to make something like this happen quickly,” said Capt. Scott Douglas of the Phoenix Fire Department.

The first step in the process was to consolidate the area around the man. “With so much weight in the dirt, if she collapses on top of him, it’s going to make it hard for him to breathe,” Douglas explained. The stabilization of the rescue site was also for the safety of the rescuers. Once done, a ladder truck hoisted the man to safety. His condition was not immediately available.

Watch the firefighters pull the man up

This video from the Phoenix Fire Department shows the victim being hoisted out of the trench.

Crews used a ladder truck to hoist the man out of the trench.
Crews used a ladder truck to hoist the man out of the trench.(Arizona Family)
Between 40 and 50 firefighters, mostly trained in rescue techniques, were involved in...
Between 40 and 50 firefighters, mostly trained in rescue techniques, took part in the operation.(Arizona family)
Because the area of ​​the trench where the man fell was unpropped, the rescue operation was a...
Since the area of ​​the trench where the man fell was not shored up, the rescue operation was a bit more complicated.(Phoenix Fire Department)
It takes a lot of hands to make something like this happen quickly,” said Captain Scott Douglas of the...
It takes a lot of hands to make something like this happen quickly,” said Capt. Scott Douglas of the Phoenix Fire Department.(Arizona Family)
Between 40 and 50 firefighters, mostly trained in rescue techniques, were involved in...
Between 40 and 50 firefighters, mostly trained in rescue techniques, took part in the operation.(Arizona Family)
The man allegedly fell into an unsupported part of an 8-foot trench.
The man allegedly fell into an unsupported part of an 8-foot trench.(Arizona family)

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