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Durban: A man was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after was injured when a trench collapsed, trapping him.
According to Paul Herbst from IPSS Medical Rescue paramedics, had to reports of a construction site accident at a gated estate in Ballito.
“On arrival of paramedics, it was established that a worker had been engulfed by soil after a trench side-wall collapsed onto him.
“The man was trapped from his neck down. His co-workers managed to dig him free, prior to the arrival of emergency services.
“The man was found to be in a critical condition and was stabilised on scene by IPSS advanced life support paramedics.”
He said the patient was thereafter transport to hospital.
Earlier this week, in a separate incident, a construction worker had to be airlifted to hospital after he was crushed by heavy machinery during an industrial accident.
Netcare 911’s Shawn Herbst said: “Reports indicate that the driver of a construction vehicle lost control while ascending an embankment.
“The patient sustained serious injuries when the heavy machinery rolled over him, crushing him. The patient was treated on scene by emergency care practitioners while a Netcare 911 helicopter ambulance stood by.