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TFD rescues fallen man in trench

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Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 9:45 am

Tucson Fire Department Technical Rescue Units rescued a worker who had fallen approximately 15 feet into a trench in the 600 block of South Houghton Road, hoisting him out approximately an hour and a half after the initial fall.

Given the initial information provided, an engine company and medic were dispatched but additional resources were added after the 9-1-1 operator gained more information.

The first units on scene confirmed the man was in the trench and lying in the prone position. He was able to communicate with them to advise them how he was feeling but they did not attempt to go into the trench.

They cleared unnecessary material away from the trench, trying to prevent any chance that the trench could collapse.  The technical rescue teams arrived on scene and immediately started shoring the trench, a safety method used to prevent a trench collapse.  

A safety concern in addition to the trench collapse was the power lines directly over the trench, as the ladder used in rescue efforts had to stay below the lines.

TFD personnel accessed the man to assess his condition and start the process of figuring out the best way to remove him from the trench.  The trench was extremely tight, which prevented several pieces of equipment from being used.

The patient was packaged with a half back harness in additional to webbing and ropes and hoisted out with multiple TFD members pulling him up and out using a series of ropes and pulleys.

He was immediately transported to an area hospital for further medical evaluation, though his injuries were non-life threatening.   

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