Worker injured after falling, getting trapped at construction site

First responders respond to rescue worker

Worker injured after falling, getting trapped at construction site

One worker in Alberta was injured as he fell and got trapped by falling debris at a construction site. 

The incident happened on Wednesday at Legacy Grove S.E. in Calgary.

A worker was injured while foundation was being poured for a home under construction.

Fire crews and emergency medical services (EMS) were called to the scene at around 1 p.m., according to a CTV News report. 

“When our crews arrived on scene, we found a foundation area at a construction site where some debris had fallen over and impacted a worker on site,” said Keith Stahl, Calgary Fire Department battalion chief, in the report.

Stahl said the construction site was a single basement, and the worker fell approximately three metres deep.

Difficult rescue operation

The rescue operation proved to be difficult due to an open trench around the foundation, according to the report.

“So access is difficult because we don’t have immediate access to the opening points on that foundation,” Stahl said in the CTV News report.

Rescuers needed to make some bridges with some ground ladders and use that to save the construction worker, he added.

Paramedics first went down to attend to the injured worker. Then, the technical rescue team retrieved him from the home in a basket using an aerial device.

The construction worker was out of the hole and was in stable condition by 3 p.m., according to the report.

Occupational Health and Safety is investigating the incident.