Construction worker rescued after falling into trench in downtown Minneapolis

January 18, 2019 06:48 PM

Emergency crews in downtown Minneapolis rescued a construction worker trapped at a construction site Friday morning.

A KSTP camera crew at the scene showed responders rescuing the individual, who appeared to be conscious and moving. He was then placed in an ambulance.


According to the Minneapolis Fire Department, the construction worker fell into a 15-foot trench at the site.

"The injuries he sustained are expected multiple broken bones in the legs," Minneapolis Fire Department Battalion Chief Tony Kuczek said. "With all of the debris down there, there's an 'I' beam we suspect he landed on. Luckily, there's no rebar sticking out that could have made it a lot worse for him."


The cold weather also had rescuers taking precautions not to become injured themselves.

"The extreme cold, even for us, with icy conditions even around the hole there are slip trip and falls that could happen for us," Kuczek said. "That's why we are doing checks that we are tied off and working safely so we don't add to the problem."

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS contacted the construction company to ask about whether the worker was using the required safety equipment and to learn more about his condition. Weis Construction has not replied. 

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