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2 workers injured after being trapped in trench in North York

News Staff | posted Wednesday, Jul 3rd, 2019

Two workers have been injured after becoming trapped in an excavation trench in North York.

Police and paramedics along with 16 fire trucks and about 50 recuse personnel responded to a call for an industrial accident in the Shawfield Crescent and Underhill Drive area around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

A worker was in the trench when the ground started caving in. A second worker jumped in to try and help but also got trapped.

Both workers were buried in dirt, one to the waist and the other to the neck.

A technical rescue unit — the only one of its kind in the city — was called in to assist with the operation from a station 5.7 kilometres away.

Emergency crews managed to free the workers who were both conscious and breathing. Their injuries are not considered life threatening but they will be taken to hospital as a precaution.

Toronto Fire says the trench was 12 feet deep and “unboxed” — they found no plywood shoring up the trench or any other safety features. The men did not have a ladder but did have platforms set up at eight, six and four feet in the trench.

The Ministry of Labour has been notified.

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