PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The Phoenix Fire Department late Tuesday morning rescued a construction worker who tripped and fell into a ditch while working in Phoenix. 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 pulled out of the ditch and taken to the hospital just before noon.
Rescuers at the scene said they believed the man injured his back when he fell. According to the Phoenix Fire Department, he said he had severe back pain. Part of the 8-foot trench had been shored up, but the area where the tragedy occurred was not fortified. This made the rescue operation a little more complicated, so a technical rescue team from the Phoenix Fire Department was called in.
Between 40 and 50 firefighters were involved in the operation, most of whom are trained in technical rescue. “It takes a lot of hands to do something like this quickly,” said Capt. Scott Douglas of the Phoenix Fire Department.
The first step in this process was to secure the area around the man. “With that much weight in the dirt, if it comes crashing down on him, it’s going to stop him from breathing,” Douglas explained. The stabilization of the rescue site also served to ensure the safety of the rescuers. After that was done, a handcart took the man to safety. His condition was not immediately available.
Watch as firefighters pull the man up
This video from the Phoenix Fire Department shows the victim being hoisted out of the ditch.
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