Man rescued in hospital construction accident
A construction worker was buried in a ditch for more than two hours Sunday morning during an excavation mishap at the Coatesville VA Medical Center in Caln Township.
The man, a contractor working on an emergency generator project, was doing pipe work in a trench about 8 a.m. when mounds of dirt started to slide, burying him up to his neck, said Kathleen Pomorski, a hospital spokeswoman.
A Chester County rescue task force comprising firefighters from several departments freed the man about 10:30 a.m. He was stabilized and conscious as he was rushed to Paoli Memorial Hospital, Pomorski said. She did not know the worker's identity and said he did not appear to have any serious injuries.
"We're happy the gentleman is OK," Pomorski said. "The response from the community partners was fantastic. People were on spot right away, everyone did a very good job, and we were prepared to handle such an emergency."
The cause of the collapse was not immediately known.
The generator project has been ongoing for several weeks, Pomorski said. It will increase the medical center's capacity to power its campus on emergency generators in the event of an electricity loss.
- Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman