Rescue crews free Carmel construction worker buried in collapsed hole

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Photo of the construction site where a man became trapped in a collapsed hole on June 12, 2018

CARMEL, Ind. – Rescue crews freed a man at a Carmel construction site who became trapped when a dirt wall collapsed on Tuesday morning.

The Carmel Fire Department responded to a construction site at 13025 Horbeck Street near Towne Road and Main Street around 9:15 a.m. An excavating project was being done on a house.

Crews were working on a basement when a dirt wall collapsed, trapping the worker. The Carmel Fire Department says the dirt never went above his head.

“Even with professionals, things can happen like we saw today. It’s very dangerous,” said Carmel Fire Department Public Information Officer, Tim Griffin.

A trench rescue team from Westfield was called to the scene, and they were able to free the man. He was transported to a trauma center with some broken bones, but he is expected to be okay.

“People don’t realize it. That dirt can be crushing, truly crushing on you,” Griffin said.

An inspector with IOSHA was on scene taking pictures and notes. According to the state’s database, the company working on the project does not have any prior violations, citations, or safety orders. If a violation is found in this incident, the inspector has 30 days to six weeks to file a safety order.

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