Man rescued after building trench fell in

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A MAN building an extension at his Sheffield home had to be freed by firefighters after he became trapped in an eight foot deep trench which collapsed on top of him.

The resident, said by neighbours to be aged in his 20s, was working in the trench at his home on Spoon Mews, Stannington, when part of the land gave way, trapping his leg beneath a pile of earth.

Fire crews worked to stabilise the trench while paramedics monitored the man’s condition before he was lifted to safety using a harness.

Crews from Rivelin and Central fire stations were called to the property following the incident at around 1pm yesterday.

Specialist workers from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s technical rescue unit also attended, and the air ambulance was deployed.

The helicopter had been called to take the man to hospital, but in the end it wasn’t needed as he was driven to hospital by ambulance instead.

Incident commander Andy Strelzcenie said the rescue was a difficult operation, as firefighters had to take care not to disturb more soil while freeing the man from the trench.

“This was quite a complex rescue in that the crews had to be extremely careful that more of the earth didn’t collapse during the operation,” Mr Strelzcenie said.

“Thanks to the expertise of the crews, working closely with the ambulance staff, we were able to get him out safely.”