Worker hospitalized after briefly becoming trapped in trench

Police Car Lights Close UpAn Alabama worker was hospitalized after being trapped in a trench.

The man was working in a trench on the campus of the Veterans Administration Medical Center when the dirt started to shift, according to

The trench started to cave in, trapping the worker for a brief time.

First responders came to the scene and transported the worker to a local hospital as a precautionary measure.

The worker appeared to not suffer injuries during the collapse.

Here are a few safety tips when it comes to working in trenches:

  •  Ensure employees who are working in excavations are protected from cave-ins: Use protection systems such as shoring, sloping or excavation boxes. Slope the sides to an angle not steeper than 1 1/2:1 (horizontal to vertical).
  • Have a qualified person inspect the excavation, adjacent areas and support systems on an ongoing basis.
  • Before digging, call 811 to have a locator mark underground lines, pipes and cables.

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  • Train employees to recognize and avoid unsafe conditions.
  • Develop a trench emergency action plan that describes rescue and medical duties and make sure all of the employees understand these procedures.
  • Do not operate equipment near the trench while employees are in it to prevent vibrating the excavation.
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