Quick-thinking Clearwater firefighters are responsible for saving a 42-year-old man when his leg became trapped in a trench at a construction site Tuesday morning.
According to Clearwater Fire Rescue, the scene unfolded around 11:07 a.m. when the worker’s leg became trapped between a plate tamper and a 42-inch concrete pipe in a trench at Pierce Street and South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.
Fire rescue units arrived on the scene within minutes of the call and were able to wedge wood pieces around the tamper and pipe, the agency wrote in an email to media. Hydraulic rescue tools were then used to free the man’s leg.
The construction worker, who has not been identified, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The man works for Cypress Gulf Development Corporation out of Tampa. Fire rescue says his foot and lower leg were injured in the accident.
This is the second time in recent weeks Clearwater fire rescue personnel have been called in to save an injured construction worker.