Two Rescued from Chicago Pit Collapse


 
 

Andrew L. Wang and William Lee | | Monday, August 24, 2009


The walls of a 14-foot pit at a Chicago condominium building partially collapsed Sunday afternoon, trapping one worker in sand and dirt up to his waist and forcing another worker who was in the hole with him to support the walls until help could arrive, officials said.

Chicago firefighters rescued the second worker about 5:55 p.m. He emerged covered in dirt but conscious. They pulled out the first man about 90 minutes earlier. The workers were installing a sewage flood-control system for the building, residents said.

The rescued workers were taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Neither man's injuries were life-threatening, said Quention Curtis, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department. The city's Department of Buildings and the Occupational Safety & Hazard Administration will look into the incident, Curtis added.

Fire personnel responded about 2 p.m. to a call for help from the building in the 4400 block of North Dover Street in the Uptown neighborhood, Curtis said. Firefighters first had to shore up the pit to ensure it wouldn't collapse before digging the trapped man out by hand after the first worker was rescued.




Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Extrication and Rescue

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS





 

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Progress

Follow in the footsteps of these inspirational leaders of EMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

NAEMT: Transforming EMS

A look inside at the Mobile Healthcare Paramedic system.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Austin-Travis County Community Health Paramedic Program

Overview of program provides operation and referral details.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Flight Paramedic’s Perfect Weekend

Carilion Lifeguard Flight Paramedic shares what would make his perfect weekend.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Honolulu EMS Pilot Program

New program tests change in shift schedule for EMTs and Paramedics.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Numerous Rescues during Arizona Flooding

Severe flooding across the region prompted several rescues.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Colorado Hiker Rescue

Injured hiker spent three hours in a crevice.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Airlift at Swiss Train Derailment

Helicopters used to help reach the injured.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Field Bridge Xpress ePCR on iPad, Android, Kindle Fire

Sneak peek of customizable run forms & more.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

VividTrac offered by Vivid Medical - EMS Today 2013

VividTrac, affordable high performance video intubation device.
Watch It >


More Product Videos >