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Man trapped in trench collapse escapes unharmed

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by DCN News Services

BURLINGTON, ONT.—A man who was trapped in a collapsed trench on a residential property in Burlington escaped safely and without injury.
Man trapped in trench collapse escapes unharmed

The incident occurred Nov. 3 in downtown Burlington. The 33-year-old man was doing drainage work on the property.

"They were repairing a sewer line to the house and the trench collapsed when he was working in it," said Peter Corner, staff sergeant for Halton Police.

The man was buried in soil up to his neck. A large contingent of police officers, paramedics and firefighters, including the Mississauga Fire Department's trench rescue team, worked for over an hour to free the man.

"His head was exposed, he was fully responsive," said Corner. "The police responded along with fire and EMS."

The Ministry of Labour (MOL) was contacted. According to the MOL, the worker was employed by Drain Rescue Inc. and was able to dig themselves out and was not injured. Two orders were issued, one for documentation and one for trench wall support. The investigation is ongoing.

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