FORWARD TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A worker, who was digging out a sewage system Tuesday morning in Butler County, is in the hospital after he ended up trapped, waist-deep in several feet of mud.
According to officials at the scene, the incident happened along Marburger Road in Forward Township around 8:15 a.m.
Crews were reportedly digging the sewers for a new housing plan, when the eight to 10 foot deep trench collapsed. The man was stuck in mud up to his waist.
Butler and Beaver Country trench rescue teams were called to the scene. Those teams used special trench removal equipment in order to rescue the man.
“At 8:15, we have a 911 call that there as an individual trapped in a trench. At that time, when first responders got on scene, he was trapped up to his waist in an intersecting trench. There was a box in there, but he was trapped actually below it. Per our protocol, we called out county trench rescue team. We also used Region 13 assets out of Beaver County to come up and assist. From the time they got here, to the time he was out was approximately two hours,” Steve Bicehouse. of Butler County EMS, said.
Once the hole was secured, rescuers literally dug the trapped worker out by hand.
After he was freed from the trench, he was flown to a local hospital. He was last listed in stable condition.
His name has not been released and OSHA is investigating the accident.
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