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Colorado Springs firefighters called to rescue worker trapped in trench


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- A trench collapsed at a worksite near Garden of the Gods Road Wednesday morning, trapping one worker up to his legs, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

Firefighters were called to the site near 1900 W. Garden of the Gods Road just before 10 a.m. Multiple rescue crews started working to clear the collapsed trench, including using a vacuum truck to remove dirt from inside.

Information about the worker's injuries hasn't been released. A spokesperson for Colorado Springs Utilities says the employee was a third-party utility worker.

It's not yet clear what caused the trench collapse.

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  1. Isn’t there a requirement for trench walls and supports if they dig below 4′?

    1. Anything below 2.5′. Someone will be in trouble. If it is a city contract….. they can lose their contract. Trying to rush and save time and money will ultimately bite you.

      1. I thought so, thanks Viral. So this 3rd party contractor for Colorado Springs Utilities is not having a good day.

  2. “It’s not yet clear what caused the trench collapse.”
    You might consider looking at:
    – Gravity
    – Unstable dirt

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