Man gets trapped in construction site shaft

Crews replace a fence where a worker was rescued after falling into a shaft at a construction site...

Crews replace a fence where a worker was rescued after falling into a shaft at a construction site for a new apartment building on McConachie Drive and McConachie Way in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, May 15, 2014. A worker was taken to hospital with unknown injures. Perry Mah/ Edmonton Sun/ QMI Agency

Matt Dykstra, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:13 AM ET

EDMONTON — A 18-year-old man is recovering in hospital after falling and getting trapped in a 12-foot shaft at a housing construction site on Thursday, hours before Occupational Health and Safety kicked off an inspection campaign.

Just before 9:30 a.m., emergency crews responded to a massive condo complex under construction.

Sgt. Sam Najmeddine said the man was cribbing — helping to build foundation walls — when it appears he lost his footing inside the 12-foot-deep cement shaft, falling a half-metre.

The man was unconscious when pulled from the shaft by fire rescue crews. In hospital, he regained consciousness and was able to speak.

"It appears he'll make a full recovery. He'll have some injuries, nothing life threatening," said Najmeddine, noting the file has since been turned over to Occupational Health and Safety.

 

 


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