A 50-year-old construction worker is recovering from severe injuries to his legs after falling into a 12-foot dirt trench while working on the city’s reservoir renovation on Friday in Burbank, officials said.
Just after 10:30 a.m., the man – who works for J.F. Shea Construction, an independent contractor hired by the city – was repairing a 24-inch underground water main when he fell into the dirt trench that stretched across Sunset Canyon Drive, said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson.
Two engines, a fire truck and a rescue ambulance responded to the rescue mission, which Hendrickson called a “risky operation.”
“There’s always a risk of the collapse a sidewall while we’re in there,” Hendrickson said. “The dirt could fall in on our rescuers.”
The trench was 12-feet deep and 6-feet wide.
Firefighters and paramedics lowered a rescue basket – clipped to a rope – to the crew inside the trench, strapped the victim in and lifted him out. The rescue took roughly an hour.