Man rescued from Ogden trench

OGDEN, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - A construction worker is recovering after being trapped in a trench when a three-ton metal plate pinned him according to rescuers.

It happened at 9th and Washington Boulevard in Ogden.

Rescuers say it was a scary situation because this was a trench rescue and they had to secure it to make sure the walls didn't collapse before they could get the worker out. They freed him in less than an hour and rushed him to the hospital.

Just after 4 p.m., rescuers were called out for a man trapped in a trench after a 6,000 pound metal plate fell and pinned him nearly 10 feet in the hole.
Firefighters rushed to the scene, but couldn't get him out right away because they had to make sure the trench didn't collapse while they were in it.

"Once the scene is stabilized then we can send units in to actually provide patient care,” said Battalion Chief Mike Slater with Ogden Fire Department.

Battalion Chief Mike Slater had to call in a special heavy firefighting unit and those crews who specialize in trench rescue. They did have the man out of the hole in just under an hour. Slater says he hasn't seen a trench rescue in his 18 years, but notes crews are always ready.

"It's not a very common call, but our guys train and are proficient in these. They train on a monthly basis for incidents just like this,” said Slater.

The worker was rushed to the hospital, but officials couldn't comment on his condition.
The construction foreman said they had no comment on the matter.

Witnesses said the man did appear to be conscious when they put him in the ambulance.
It's unclear what type of investigation will now be taking place to find out why the metal plate fell in.


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