FDNY Rescue Man from Trench Collapse

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A trench collapsed on March 02, 2012 in Harlem, trapping a worker who had to be rescued from chest-deep debris, officials said.

The 7-foot trench collapsed at a construction area on 122nd Street at Park Avenue.

Firefighters and rescue medics used a vacuum truck and the RescueVac to suck out debris and get to the victim.

Those on scene said workers were doing waterproofing work on the foundation of a building there. Loose debris from one wall of the trench fell in on the man, trapping him.

The Department of Buildings said the contractor was operating without a permit; a stop work order was issued. Officials also found that the trench walls were not property shored up.

The victim was in serious but stable condition at Harlem Hospital.