OSHA returns to scene where worker was trapped

Published: Monday, February 08, 2016 @ 5:01 PM
Updated: Tuesday, February 09, 2016 @ 3:17 PM

A man who was trapped in a trench for more than two hours at a Huber Heights home while working on sealing a basement has been released from the hospital.

  • Victim was a 29-year-old man who worked for Everdry Waterproofing
  • OSHA is investigating Monday’s incident and were on scene Tuesday
  • The Region 3 Strike Team was called to assist with the rescue
  • Over 50 emergency personnel available to assist in rescue

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UPDATE @ 3:04 p.m. (Feb. 9):

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The worker who was trapped for more than two hours in a trench at a Huber Heights home he was working at Monday has been released from the hospital.

According to a spokesperson at Everdry Waterproofing, the Fairfield-based company the worker is employed at, the 29-year-old man is doing fine and will not be missing any time at work.

The company spokesman said the man lives in the Cincinnati area, but would not release the victim’s identity.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigator was on the scene at the residence where the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. Monday.

OSHA officials were not able to release any details on their investigation early Tuesday afternoon, but did confirm there is an active investigation ongoing.

Everdry Waterproofing said they have had workers become trapped while working on job sites, but not to the severity of Monday’s incident.

Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth said over 50 personnel were available to assist with the rescue, including members of the Region 3 Strike Team, a specialized group of individuals trained for special operations like the one at the Benedict Road residence. The Region 3 Strike Team is funded by the state, Ashworth said.

UPDATE @ 6:08 p.m. (Feb. 8): The worker rescued from a trench full of water at a residential construction project has been taken to Miami Valley Hospital and OSHA has been called to investigate the incident.

The worker, a male in his mid-30s, became trapped when the trench he was digging to irrigate the basement of a home filled with groundwater, Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth said.

Ashworth said the man was in the trench for more than two hours.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged with the enforcement of safety and health regulations involving workplace accidents.

UPDATE @ 5:50 p.m.: We’re hearing the male general contractor trapped in a trench at a residential construction project has been rescued. That word came about 5:49 p.m.

The worker, whose name has not been released, became trapped as he was digging around the foundation of a home in the 5600 block of Benedict Road.

Huber Heights Fire Chief Mark Ashworth said the ground water “engulfed” the man from the knees down. The suction was keeping the man trapped in what the chief said was thick mug that’s like quicksand.

Rescuers had put up a blue tarp to keep the man warm because of the threat of hypothermia. Ashworth said the man was alert, oriented and communicating with rescuers during the entire rescue.

Rescuers from Englewood, Dayton, Butler Twp. were on scene as well as Huber Heights, the chief said.

UPDATE @ 5:33 p.m.: According to Huber Heights police/fire dispatch. the call came in as a worker who has fallen into a hole, approximately 6 feet deep, at a residential construction site.

There are several firefighters with shovels, working to remove dirt around the worker in order to free the worker.

A medic unit and other rescue machinery are being brought to the scene as well. CareFlight has been called, but cannot fly because of the weather.

Crews from several nearby jurisdictions have been called to the scene, in the 5600 block of Benedict Road, near Shady Oak Lane.

We have a crew on scene and we will continue to update this developing report.

FIRST REPORT

Crews in Huber Heights are responding to the report that a man needed rescued from a deep hole in the 5600 block of Benedict Road.

Firefighters responded to the emergency call shortly before 5 p.m.

We’re working to learn more and will provide updates as more information becomes available.

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